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Rebecca Peterson

Lecturer, Department of Teaching and Learning

Becky has spent nearly two decades working in education. 10 of those years were spent working in urban education in Metro Nashville Public Schools where she helped implement and launch the International Baccalaureate Program in MNPS.

From urban education and French teaching, she’s spent the last several years in higher education working at both Peabody College in the Secondary Education Program and in the College of Arts and Sciences teaching in the Department of French and Italian.

At Peabody, much of her time is focused on building strong school partnerships between Peabody and the surrounding school systems, facilitating practicum and student teaching placements, and preparing pre-service teachers to bridge theory and practice as they approach student teaching and their eventual classroom spaces.  Her areas of interest are in promoting and sustaining humanizing pedagogies in all classroom spaces, approaching classroom management from an ecological perspective grounded in the notion of care and belonging, thinking intentionally about the triad relationship of student teacher-mentor teacher-university mentor and infusing each of these with a lens for social justice and equitable practices.

Additionally, she is motivated by the study of second language acquisition, identity development in a second language and civic identity development.