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Teacher of the Year

Dodge County Teacher of the Year

South Dodge Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Kim Peterson

South Dodge Elementary Teacher of the Year


South Dodge is proud to announce that Kim Peterson has been chosen as our 2022-23 South Dodge Elementary Teacher of the Year.


Peterson is a 1986 graduate of Northwest High School in Greensboro, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.   She later went on to Thomas University to obtain a Master’s degree in Early Childhood as well.  Peterson has since added a gifted endorsement to her certificate. Her teaching career began in Summerfield, NC at Summerfield Elementary where she taught first grade. Mrs. Peterson moved to Dodge County in the summer of 1992, and began teaching at South Dodge Elementary.  She’s taught third grade, first grade for 17 years, she also teaches in the 21st Century After School Program, and currently teaches second grade advanced content at South Dodge. In 2010 she was  chosen as My Teacher is Tops on 13 WMAZ, by former student, Grace Hendrix.  Along with teaching, her other responsibilities include grade level chairperson and Leadership Team. She has been a teacher in Dodge County for 30 years. 

          Mrs. Peterson is married to Petey Peterson, a retired Dodge County Middle School teacher, and they have two daughters, who have followed in their parent’s footsteps and became teachers, Kelsey Peterson and Kaylee P. Knighton, who is married to Benji Knighton of Cochran. Mrs. Peterson is extremely proud of her daughters as they spend numerous hours talking to her and asking for advice. She loves to hear how dedicated they are to their students.  Mrs. Peterson is a member of Sand Grove Baptist Church in Milan, where she has served as VBS Director and Sunday School teacher.  She enjoys going to the beach, working in her yard, running, and spending time with her family and friends. 

          Teaching runs in her family, as many of her aunts and her grandmother, Martha Kelly were longtime educators in the Dodge County School System.  Mrs. Peterson especially enjoys teaching alongside her sister, Jill Studstill and this year her niece Camryn Evans.  She has always believed that the classroom should be a safe and caring environment where children can feel free to be themselves, and blossom and grow.  Her favorite quote comes Dr. Seuss,  “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”  

     Teaching in an advanced content classroom gives Mrs. Peterson the opportunity to foster creativity and challenge her students to their fullest potential.  She is very honored and proud to be named Teacher of the Year for South Dodge Elementary. Over the last 30 years, she has been blessed to work with great administrators, coworkers, students and parents.

     The administrators at South Dodge commend Mrs. Peterson for her unwavering commitment and dedication to excellence in education.  They stated collectively that “Mrs. Peterson is an absolutely fantastic teacher that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of her students, and she is very deserving of this honor.”