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Beth Peterson, MSSE/ME

Title/s:  Instructor, HS Dual Credit

Specialty Area: Biology and Environmental Science

Office #:  Highland Park High School G107

Phone: 224.765.2275



Beth Peterson has 20 years of experience teaching science at the high school level, teaching at Highland Park High School for the last 16 years.  She teaches Biology Honors, AP Biology, Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science. Peterson grew up in Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Zoology emphasis at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She is the head girls’ volleyball coach at Highland Park High School as well as an assistant girls’ lacrosse coach.


  • M.E. University of Illinois at Chicago, Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL endorsement
  • M.S.S.E. Montana State University at Bozeman 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Illinois State Teachers Association Conference (November 2009) - Using Formative Assessments in the Science Classroom
  • National Biology Teachers Associations: Integrating Literacy in the Science Classroom (Minneapolis 2010) and Real World Connections to Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration (Atlanta 2013)
  • College Board: AP Annual Conference: Using Formative Assessments in the AP Biology Classroom (Washington D.C. 2010) and Integrated and Inquiry Based Instruction in AP Biology (San Francisco 2011)
  • Pilot teacher for the Climate Change Education Project through Chicago Botanic Garden and NASA’s Climate Change Curriculum
  • Co-author for the AP Test Prep manual for the 11th and 12th editions of the Starr and Taggart textbook: Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life

Courses Taught

  • Dual Credit Environmental Science, Highland Park High School/Loyola University Chicago