APS News Release

Claire Peters Named Principal of New Elementary School at the Key Site

Claire PetersClaire Peters was named Principal of the new neighborhood elementary school at the Key site. Peters has been an educator serving APS for 19 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

“Claire has served APS in a variety of roles, demonstrating the strength of her leadership skills and ability to bring staff and students together to achieve positive outcomes for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán. “I believe her background makes her the right candidate to bring staff, students and families together to build a true sense of community at the new elementary school, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved next step in her APS career.”

She began her career in APS as a social studies teacher at Washington-Liberty High School. She taught for 10 years before moving into an assistant principal position in 2011 at Washington-Liberty.

Claire has demonstrated a commitment to professional growth throughout her career. She has participated in train-the-trainer professional learning for Understanding by Design, taken part in collaborative training for Adaptive Schools and Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP), and led professional learning on Trauma Informed Instruction and Restorative Practices to build and maintain community at the classroom and school level. She has been recognized by the College Summit organization as an administrator of the year and been selected to serve as a co-chair for the APS Assistant Principal.

Throughout her career with APS, Claire has worked extensively with students and staff to create a welcoming and caring learning environment, where all students are supported in accessing high quality instruction. She collaborated with staff to implement the 9th grade transition program at Washington-Liberty and continued to enhance the program to ensure students successfully transitioned from middle to high school.

She is honored to build community in preparation for the opening of the neighborhood school.

Her appointment begins July 1.