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Holly Peterson

Holly Peterson

Humphreys Academy of Business, Law, and Education

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Holly's work combines: Education, Action Sports, and Being Physically Active

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Day In The Life

Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director/Coach

I teach and run the athletics department at a charter high school.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Laguna Creek High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Creative Writing

    University of California-Riverside

  • Graduate Degree

    Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General

    Azusa Pacific University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Coaches & Scouts:

Bachelor's Degree: System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Graduate Degree: Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    First, I got a division 1 basketball scholarship to play for UC Riverside.

  • 2.

    Then, I got my credential and masters.

  • 3.

    I started playing women's tackle football and became more dedicated to living an active lifestyle.

  • 4.

    Moved back to Sacramento to be closer to my family and took a job doing all the things I want to do.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Some people say women shouldn't play tackle football. Women shouldn't wear boys clothing. Women should teach english or elementary school. I have been lucky to have been surrounded by a lot of encouragement and I instill the importance of that in my class.

  • How I responded:

    Work hard and be happy. It is very difficult for someone to tear you down when you keep a positive attitude and exude the happiness you feel from pursuing your passion. You will never be disappointed in yourself if you put everything you have and are into what you do and love.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I came out in high school and it was because of some very supportive teachers that I was able to cope with the struggles that came along with that. This inspired me to be a teacher so I could help be a positive role model for LGBT youth.