Hee Jin Peterson - Vice Principal

  • Hee Jin Peterson



  • I am very honored to join the Lakeside Union School District Leadership Team and to serve your students at Winter Gardens School. I am humbled to start this exciting journey, with you and your family. The amazing staff at Winter Gardens strive to provide a world class education through continuous collaboration, commitment, and communication.


    I have been an educator for 22 years and I feel privileged to support the work of students, teachers, and parents. Upon receiving a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master’s degree from Chapman University, I taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 10 years.  After moving to San Diego, I served as a Vice Principal in Escondido. My work in Charter School Administration includes serving as a Director of Instruction at Darnall Charter and a Coordinator of Independent Learning Programs at Steele Canyon High.  I have been blessed as an educator to work with every single grade level, from TK through 12th grade. I collaborate with educational leaders in the state as an assessor for the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA), scoring exams submitted by aspiring educational leaders. I live in Santee with my husband, Frank, and my 2 children, Lloyd and Lana.


    When I am not at Winter Gardens, you can find me at Eucalyptus Hills School and at Lakeside's new Home School. You can also find me leading my daughter's girl scout troop in east county, playing tennis with my son, and at my children's rock group performances. I look forward to getting to know you and encourage you to stop by and say hello. Winter Gardens is where our youngest learners begin their journey at Riverview International Academy. Our students receive a trilingual education and learn about their special place in our school and in our community and in our world.