Eric Peterson is a teacher, consultant, and author who has held a variety of leadership positions in schools across the country. He served most recently as the Head of School at St. George’s School for thirteen years, from 2004 to 2017. During his tenure, the school made substantial progress in advancing its programs, inside and outside the classroom. Among his notable achievements are the creation of the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning, the construction of major capital facilities including an

academic center and a renovated library, and the development of signature academic programs in global studies and design thinking. Prior to St. George’s, Mr. Peterson served as a senior administrator and teacher at day and boarding schools in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. An attorney who practiced law for several years before returning to education, he has taught English, Government, History, and Ethics. He is a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Dartmouth College, and Northwestern University.

Appointed in 2004, Eric is the 11th head of St. George’s School. He is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in English, with honors, from Dartmouth College in 1987. After working as a faculty member in admissions and coaching for a short time at Deerfield, Eric then earned a law degree from Northwestern University and practiced law in Boston for several years.

Eric has filled a variety of roles at day and boarding schools across the United States. His administrative experience includes work as a director of admissions, director of development, upper school director and associate headmaster. He also has taught English, government, and ethics, and has coached football, baseball and softball. At St. George’s he teaches the Geronimo English Seminar.