Tess Peterson is a member of the 5th grade team at Academy School. She has been a teacher for 9 years and a member of the Academy School community for the last 3. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in Elementary Education. Since 1985, Deb Hall has assumed many professional roles at Academy School including coordinator of the enrichment program for grades 4-6 and teaching in the classroom at the kindergarten, first, and second grade levels. In the years that followed, she joined a number of teams to provide academic support: grades 2, 3, 4, and 6. For the past seven years, her focus has been with the third grade team and currently is providing academic support to both third graders and kindergartners. Prior to 1985, Deb taught in northern Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and at Green Street School.
In 1975, Deb received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont with a double major in Psychology and Education. She obtained her Masters degree in Education from Fairfield University with a particular focus on the teaching of writing.
At the core of Deb's teaching is helping children appreciate their unique gifts as they work in community to develop the confidence and skills to become lifelong learners and contributors to their world. Deb is inspired, on a daily basis, by the staff at Academy School and by the children she teaches.