GSE’s Deborah Peterson receives OALA award

Debra PetersonProfessor Deborah Peterson, MA ’95, has received the 2014 Tom Ruhl Award from the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators. The award will be presented during a general session of the OALA Annual Conference, March 15, 2014, at Oregon State University. The award is given to educators who have demonstrated cultural competence and “have implemented strategies or activities aligned with OALA’s mission, purpose and goals in their district or institution.”

Dr. Peterson is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. She teaches in the initial and continuing administrative licensure and doctoral programs. Prior to her work at PSU, she was a school administrator, including principal at Roosevelt High School and Atkinson Elementary, vice principal at Lake Ridge High School, and human resources administrator at PPS where she focused on diversity and cross-cultural leadership. She has taught for PSU and Lewis and Clark, and has served as a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Oregon State University, and Shizuoka University in Japan.

The award is named in memory of Tom Ruhl, a well-known leader in social justice and education in Oregon. He was an active member of the Oregon Leadership Network for several years prior to serving as its chair in 2010–2011. He passed away on July 7, 2011. The award is intended to honor his memory, his commitment to cultural equity and opportunity, and his passion for the education profession.

“Not a day goes by that I am not filled with gratitude that I get to do meaningful work, on a topic that I love, with people who energize and inspire me. Thank you”

—Deborah Peterson

Read the full announcement from the OALA ceremony here.

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