Anna Thaler Petersen is the Fieldwork Coordinator in the Secondary Education Program, and has worked at HSU since 2009. She taught science and English language development at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, California, for three years after earning her single-subject teaching credential from HSU in 2006. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and her M.A. in Education from Humboldt State in 2011. As part of the work involved in her master’s thesis, she earned a Specialist Certificate in Character Development from the University of San Diego.
Anna’s professional interests include character education, educational psychology, bullying, multicultural education, and clinically-based teacher education.
Anna’s master’s thesis: “The Impact of Prior Peer Abuse on Pre-Service Teachers”, a study of the influence of past bullying experiences on how future teachers hope to manage bullying in their own classrooms, is available through Digital Scholar at the HSU library.
When she’s not at HSU, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband, Will, and golden retriever, Abbey, playing steel drums with the Pan Dulce Steel Orchestra, walking, gardening, hiking, camping, and birdwatching.