Dr. Brett W. Peterson is the Founding Director of High Tech High Mesa. He served as the Director of High Tech High International for two years and The Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High for nine years. Prior to being a Director, Brett taught at HTH for five years. He currently serves as a network ambassador training teachers, administrators, and superintendents to implement progressive education in several states, Israel, India and the U.K. Brett recently cycled off as a Trustee of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s National Board, where he advised the organization about grass roots impacts of policy, marketing, and strategic vision. His belief that teaching and learning go hand in hand, guided him as he pursued a Master’s in History from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Curriculum Design from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Before coming to San Diego, Brett earned a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame (Go, Irish!). He holds a Ph.D. in the history of education from the Claremont Graduate University and SDSU.