James Petersen, CEO of Petersen Engineering of Portsmouth, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Seacoast Waldorf School.
Petersen, who has been with the school in various roles for more than 14 years, succeeds Deirdre McEachern, former Chair of the Board, who was hired as SWS Director in January 2013.
Petersen served as interim Board Chair from February 2013 until August 2013 at which time he was unanimously voted-in for a two-year term.
“When Deirdre was promoted we had some big shoes to fill. She was stepping into a larger role as director, but there was still that core position of Board Chair who keeps their eye on everything from the budget to enrollment. I am honored to have been selected to serve as chair of this school,” said Petersen.
Adding, “I have already embraced that there is a lot on my plate — with the purchase of new school building, rebranding our new name as ‘Seacoast Waldorf School’ on the Seacoast as well as the enormous amount of work this summer by our faculty, staff and parent volunteers to get ready for camp and the upcoming school year. This is an exciting time and 2013 is a particularly significant year for us. In all my time being part of this school this is by far the most exciting.”
SWS promotes a Waldorf based education. Developed in Europe by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, a Waldorf curriculum is carefully designed to strengthen a child’s moral purpose, creativity and intellectual abilities toward a balanced whole. Waldorf teachers strive to artistically transform concepts into experiential lessons which are better received by the students. Waldorf Education develops curious, confident and creative individuals who are motivated to engage in their communities.
“On behalf of the Board and our entire school community, I would like to congratulate James Petersen. He continues to be recognized for the tremendous value he adds to our organization where for so many years he has served as a promoter and a leader,” said school director Deirdre McEachern, adding, “Not only is he the easiest guy to work with, his wisdom and can-do attitude for everything from connecting us with fellow local business owners to mowing the school’s enormous lawn is a remarkable example for us all. “
Petersen Engineering is a mechanical engineering consulting firm specializing in building mechanical systems, energy efficiency, integrated design, sustainable and green design. James began his career in this industry in 1986 and founded Petersen Engineering, Inc. of Portsmouth in 1992. Passionate about energy and the environment, James has expanded his expertise from his roots in HVAC and plumbing design to include building science, enclosure design and integrated design.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.
Seacoast Waldorf School (formerly Tidewater Waldorf School) is a non-profit opened in 1999 and is a member of AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America). The school serves children from the entire Seacoast area from nursery school through middle school.
For more information about Seacoast Waldorf School, visit http://www.seacoastwaldorfschool.org or call 207-439-7911