Professional Profile

Mr. Peake earned his B.A. degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He spent several years working in the publishing industry, serving as editorial assistant and special correspondant for an international newspaper.  He also worked as production manager for an international trade publication.

In 1990, he worked as an Instructor/Naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  This is where he was inspired to work with students and teach them about science and the natural world.

Mr. Peake went back to school for his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  He spent 7 years as a 4th/5th grade teacher working in the Boston Public Schools.  As lead teacher in the BPS, Mr. Peake was very involved with forming partnerships in the community.  He produced a teaching guide while on sabbatical with the New England Aquarium.  He also served as Teacher Liaison with Zoo New England, promoting the zoo's resources and integration into the BPS.  Mr. Peake's greatest memory was taking a group of 30 students and parents to Washington, D.C. for a three-day tour of the nation's capitol.

In 2003, Mr. Peake earned National Board Certification.  He moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia and joined the Rockingham County Public Schools as a 4th/5th grade teacher.  Working in RCPS, Mr. Peake was his school's Effective Schoolwide Discipline Coach for three years.  He also served as Testing Coordinator for seven years.  In 2006, Mr. Peake pioneered the Trout in the Classroom project, being the first tank set up in the Shenandoah Valley.  He was instrumental in expanding the program in the valley and RCPS.

In 2011, Mr. Peake joined Harrisonburg City Public Schools as a 5th grade science teacher at Skyline Middle School.  While in 5th grade, he has taught science each year and taken on additional subjects -- iSTEM and Geography.

2013-2014 brings a new chaper as Mr. Peake will teach 6th grade science and U.S. History.  He looks forward to continuing Trout in the Classroom and working with his new 6th grade students and colleagues.

 

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