Greg Peterson, English Education major
New Position: 6th and 7th Grade Language Arts and Literacy Teacher
Hometown: Frederic, WI
Greg Peterson graduated in May of 2021 with a degree in English Education and was immediately hired by the Winona Middle School in Winona, MN to teach 7th grade Language Arts and 6th Grade 21st Century Literacy. In the past year he has also coached the offensive/defensive line for the middle school football team; formulated plans to return to grad school to attain his master’s in English Education, Literature, or Creative Writing; and has added a new member to his family - see photo.
Read what Greg had to say about his experience at UWRF
What did you like most about your time as an English major or minor at UWRF?
“What I liked most . . . was being given the skills to find my voice by using a medium that I enjoyed expressing myself through. Going into the program, I knew I wanted to be creative and develop my critical thinking skills, and I know, without a doubt, that the UWRF English program helped me accomplish both goals ten-fold. The classes I took were fun and interesting, and the people I met along the way were remarkable. The community within the English program felt homey and tight-knit, and I was able to build everlasting relationships with some amazing people. I truly felt like I was a part of a family.”
How have specific English courses at UWRF prepared you for the workforce? Are there any specific skills you can think of that you learned?
"While I was an English Education major, the English Department provided me with many wonderful courses that prepared me for my current employment at Winona Middle School. All my English pedagogy courses have been put to good use already [and] . . . my creative writing coursework has also helped me encourage creativity within my students in their daily writing practice. I am also working on some of my own creative projects during my free time.”
What’s the best advice you would give a future English major or minor?
"The best advice I have for a future English major or minor is to not think about the day-to-day workloads, but how each story and text you interact with can shape your understanding of the world around you. Obtaining a higher education is difficult for everyone, no matter the degree; so, devoting your time to reflecting on how each course, each assignment, each text can influence your growth as a person will provide much better feelings of purpose, pride, and fulfillment. The UWRF English Department is filled with brilliant professors, brilliant curriculum, brilliant students, and that is something I was glad to be a part of.”