Tim Peters was born in Whittier. He earned a B.A. in music from Whittier College and later master's degree in religious education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, master of science degree in educational leadership from Pepperdine University and his Dropout Prevention Specialist certificate from National University. He's worked at Options For Youth Charter Schools for 16 years as a lead teacher assistant principal.

Peters has been married for 41 years. He and his wife have three children and six wonderful grandkids.

Q: Describe a special memory you have in the High Desert.

A: Performing the wedding ceremonies for each of my children.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: Read, explore new restaurants, spoil my grandkids.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.

A: I've sung the national anthem at Dodger Stadium twice.

Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

A: That every individual would have the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

Q: If you could change one thing about the High Desert, what would it be?

A: Traffic and potholes. Oops, that's two things.

Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?

A: Albert Einstein. I would like to talk with him about creative ways to help students learn.

Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?

A: Loveta Park. She and her husband helped me form my understanding of who God is and what Jesus did for me on the cross.

Q: What talent do you most wish you had?

A: I would like to be able to play the piano without hesitancy

Q: What is your favorite quotation?

A: "Attitude is the most powerful tool impacting people's lives all over the world."

Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?

A: There is only one source of significance in life. When you know Jesus, everything else will fall into place.

Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why.

A: Focus on the Family is important to me because I believe strong families can produce individuals who make wise choices and contribute to society in a positive way. I have a great family and I want others to have the opportunity to learn the skills to have a great family.

Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?

A: My children.

Q: What's your favorite movie and why?

A: "To Kill A Mock-ingbird," because it is a classic coming of age movie.

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in the High Desert?

A: The stars at night are beautiful.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?

A: Watching students learn and grow, and the wonderful people I work with at Options For Youth.

Q: What book had a significant impact on you?

A: "Failure is Not an Option," by Alan M. Blankstein.

Q: Of all the places you've been, what's your favorite and why?

A: Santa Fe, N.M. It's a beautiful region and has great food.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Yellowstone National Park because I've never been there, and I hear it's awesome.

Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.

A: To play the ukulele.

Q: What's your favorite place to eat in the High Desert?

A: My dining room table with my whole family.

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