Message from the Principal

  • Dear Otto Petersen Families,

    It is an honor and a pleasure to be your new principal this year. When I was fortunate enough to attend the incredible opening of the mural installation this past June, seeing the students’ hard work and the joy of the community in getting together to celebrate, I knew that Otto Petersen was a learning community of which I wanted to be to a member! 

    This year marks my eighteenth year as a school administrator, serving schools as near as North Marion, and as far as Shenzhen, China and Dubai. Prior to supporting schools as an administrator I taught elementary school for over a decade in both Oregon and outside of Boston. In fact, after having been an Oregon principal for eleven years I then taught second grade for a year when my family moved to China. I note this as my passion for education is really in the classroom where teaching and learning take place. At heart, I am a teacher and always think of what is best for students as I help support students, staff and families. 

    Otto Petersen is truly, as the saying goes, A Great Place to Learn. Having been working here over the summer, each day I meet committed teachers and staff members, supportive parents and carers, and awesome students! We will strive to continuously improve in all areas to best meet the needs of our students academically, as well as socially and emotionally. I look forward to partnering with you in this work and I look forward to meeting all of our OPE families soon! 

    Here’s to a terrific school year!

    Kind Regards,

    Matthew Wilding