Holly Peterson

Holly Peterson

Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director/Coach

Humphreys Academy of Business, Law, and Education


My road in life has been direct.
First, I got a division 1 basketball scholarship to play for UC Riverside.
Then, I got my credential and masters.
I started playing women's tackle football and became more dedicated to living an active lifestyle.
Moved back to Sacramento to be closer to my family and took a job doing all the things I want to do.
Keep following my journey


High School
Laguna Creek High School
Creative Writing
University of California-Riverside
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Azusa Pacific University


Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director/Coach

I teach and run the athletics department at a charter high school.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Being Physically Active

Day to Day

I drive into work and say good morning to all the students I see. I work at a charter school with a population of around 250 students, so I pretty much know everyone by name, which is amazing. Once class starts, we will start the day with an inspirational quote of the week maybe. Then we workout together, followed by either a team activity or one of their choice. Depending on the season, I would stay after school to coach either cross country, basketball, or track.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Patience. Lots and lots of patience. Teenagers by nature want to test everything and everyone. However, they also want to be nurtured, whether they act like it or not. They want to be independent, free to make their own choices, but they crave guidance too. It is absolutely necessary to be stern but empathetic with these fragile, angsty souls that are just brimming with possibility in life. One must be skilled at listening. If you listen to a kid and show them you really care, you're in.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start working with kids. Every job I ever had growing up was related to working with youth in some capacity. This experience made a huge difference.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Subject you want to teach
Education or Subject you are teaching


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Some people say women shouldn't play tackle football. Women shouldn't wear boys clothing. Women should teach english or elementary school. I have been lucky to have been surrounded by a lot of encouragement and I instill the importance of that in my class."

Challenges I Overcame