Chris Peterson
Chris Peterson

April 11, 2018

After four seasons on the field at Ar-We-Va Community Schools, Chris Peterson will be stepping off the sidelines and into the school.

Chris Peterson, a secondary history teacher and activities director at Paton Churdan Community Schools, recently accepted the sixth- through 12th-grade principal position at Ar-We-Va Community Schools to replace longtime educator Rich Stoffers.

After graduating from Buena Vista University in 2004 with a degree in social science and a minor in coaching, Peterson went on to teach at Melcher-Dallas, Iowa, before receiving the job at Paton Churdan.

Peterson, 36, also has spent the last four years in Westside coaching football for Ar-We-Va when he isn’t working at Paton Churdan. In that time, Peterson said he has become familiar with the school and a lot of the staff, but he ready to build closer relationships with the faculty and students.

Peterson’s wife, Joanna, is a registered nurse at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. They have three kids: Cadence, 9, Cora, 3, and Marshall, 2.

Peterson finished a degree in school administration from the University of Northern Iowa last summer and had started looking for a different job when the position at Ar-We-Va opened up, he said.

He added that Stoffers has done a great job of building relationships while at Ar-We-Va, that he is excited to continue on with the work Stoffers has done.

“He really makes his presence known and is very visible,” Peterson said. “I hope I can provide some of that. It can really be a great opportunity.”

Peterson said he is familiar with the Carroll and Ar-We-Va High School sharing agreement and is excited to work more closely with the Carroll schools.

“It’s obviously a unique situation,” he said. “I really think our kids are really fortunate in that.”

The Ar-We-Va school board will discuss formally approving Peterson’s hiring on Wednesday.