• Name/Position:
    Jennifer Petersen, Principal 

    Principal Petersen


    College (BA)
    Chico State University-BA in Exercise Physiology
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    California State University, Chico – Logos Download
    College (Education Credentials/MA)
    National University- Masters in Education: Cross-Cultural Teaching


    Teaching and Professional Experience
    25 years in education
    17 years in Administration
    8 years teaching Biology and Earth Science
    3 years curriculum coach

    6 years coaching Cross Country and Co-Ed tennis
    Goal For Mesa Verde High School
    The motto for Mesa Verde High School is “ALL IN”.  I truly believe that Mesa will provide an all-inclusive and safe environment for ALL students to learn and thrive.
    Working together as a community, we will create an environment for students that will further our goal to transform students into lifelong learners, critical thinkers,
    and help them set up goals for their futures.
    Brett Tujague   Vice-Principal
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    College (AA/BA)
    Chabot Junior College - AA
    California State University Sacramento - BA in English Literature


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    Consortium for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences - California State  University Sacramento - News 

    College (Education Credentials/MA)
    National University - Professional Clear Single Subject: English Language Arts (ELA)
    National University - MA Education ; MS Administrative Leadership 

    Teaching and Professional Experience
    25 Years in Education
    8 Years in Administration
    18 Years English Teacher
    16 Years AVID Elective Teacher
    12 Years National Staff Developer for the AVID Program
    4 Years Teaching in the Business Academy

    12 Years as AVID Coordinator (Bella Vista HS, Del Campo HS, Woodcreek HS): 1999-2011
    11 Years Coaching Varsity Football (Bella Vista, Sheldon): 1997-2008
    Leadership Team Member (Mesa Verde) 2014-2016
    WASC Chair for Instruction Group (Mesa Verde) 2013-2014

    Goal for Mesa Verde High School
    My goal for Mesa Verde High School students is to believe in their cause for education by becoming life-long learners. It is my hope that all students
    will feel accomplished, prepared, confident, and safe in our extraordinary learning community where teachers, staff, and students are actively engaged
    in making excellence happen every day. Lastly, my hope for the Maverick Nation, is to pursue healthy and active lifestyles, become critical thinkers,
    and be fully engaged in setting goals for the direction of their learning.


    Andrea Leuschen - Vice Principal

    College (AA/BA)
    BA – Business Administration; Azusa Pacific Credential

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    College (Education Credentials/MA)
    Business Education Credential; Chapman University
    Mild/Mod & Mod/Severe Credentials; Chapman University
    Master’s Degree in Teaching; Chapman University
    Administrative Leadership Credential – National University

    Teaching and Professional Experience
    9 years teaching
    7 years in general education – business, math & computers
    12 years in special education – PreK to adults (mostly high school)
    Summer School ESY Principal
    Boys & Girls volleyball coach and official
    Induction Mentor
    Club & Class Advisor
    Business Academy Coordinator
    18 years of personal training and group fitness instructor

    Goal for Mesa Verde High School
    My goal for Mesa is to never be satisfied with being average.  I want students to strive to be better by taking advantage of the academic and emotional supports
    we have so that there are no excuses as to why they could not succeed.  I want Mesa to look at failures and losses as opportunities to improve and find pride in success.



Last Modified on February 10, 2023