Leiataua Dr. Jon Peterson is a consultant at Minnesota Education Equity Partnership and the Co-owner, founder, and President/CEO of TE2: Education and Engineering Consulting, LLC. Jon holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, an M.A. in Public Policy, and an Ed. D. in Leadership, both from the University of St. Thomas. Jon brings 20 years of experience in E-12 public and private education to his work as a principal consultant.
Additionally, Jon is a licensed teacher, K-12 Principal, and Superintendent and has experience leading programs, schools, and services in large, urban educational settings. Lastly, Jon is a published author and recording artist having concurrently released, in 2018, his book, “Uncovering Indigenous Models of Leadership,” and extended play album, “Heart of the Matter.”
Dr. Peterson’s book and accompanying music reflect the mission, vision, and values of MnEEP by providing a case study and ethnographic example of how equity, and specifically race and cultural equity, contribute to improved leadership within education. The case offered in the book exemplifies the critical and powerful nature of culturally responsive leadership as a lived experience leading to better outcomes for people and, more specifically, students. If you have questions, comments, and/or would like to connect with Dr. Peterson regarding his academic work within the field of equity, please feel free to email him using the link above.