First grade teacher Deborah Peterson uses an integrated thematic-based approach to learning for her students. She creates an individualized learning plan for each student which allows students to grow from their developmental level. Peterson fosters a love of learning in her students which shows abundantly in their growth as readers. She provides meaningful,chalenging activities that provide a high level of engagement which in turn allows students to achieve much higher skills due to the material being individualized. Peterson tutors at risk students, serves on many school based committees, facilitates the district writing program on campus, and is a mentor for new teachers. She is involved in ongoing district classes to enrich her student's learning.