Shane Peters was in fifth grade when his family moved from Grand Terrace to Hesperia. He loved the wide open space — every evening he would go inside the house needing a serious bath, having never experienced such outdoor freedom in Grand Terrace.
He grew up playing baseball and basketball, and in high school played baseball and football. Sports were everything to him; he even raced BMX at Live Oak Park. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he went off to college and played baseball and football.
Peters has been a police officer for two different departments, the City of Riverside and the Riverside Community Police for a total of eight years. He now teaches math and science at Oak Hills High School and coach baseball.
He has two children and a wife who he says takes second place to his children — but she understands.
Q: What do people not know about your job?
A: I don't think people realize how much educators do. We don't just come to work and teach. We have numerous roles to play each day. I know I have made a difference, but some days it isn't easy being everyone's dad.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Lunch. No, really I like keeping up with the things I have learned in school. If you don't use it, then you will forget it. I also enjoy those experiences when a student comes to you and shares that you have been a positive influence in his/her life.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I want to climb Mount McKinley, I want to stand above 20,000 feet. I have done a lot of climbing, but to stand on top of that majestic mountain would be great. I've seen if from the air and the ground. I have promised my wife that if she grants me her royal permission to climb McKinley, then I will stay away from Mount Everest.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: Being ruler of my house, not asking for permission and getting to watch what the heck I want on television. Well, that would be great, but in reality my wife, Ana, is the ruler. (How did that happen?) I'm always asking permission for one thing or another, and with two young children at home, I have now memorized numerous Disney movies. Gosh, I hope my wife doesn't read this. In all seriousness, my family is my greatest accomplishment.
Q: What is the source of your values?
A: The way I was raised, my parents instilled in me the importance of being responsible and honest. I wish more people in this world would teach their children values and respect and at the same time be responsible themselves.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: "What you do today affects you today, what you do today affects you tomorrow."
Q: Tell us about a special vacation.
A: My son, Brock, was watching The Discovery Channel and saw an episode on The Santa Claus House and North Pole, Alaska. We flew to Alaska and my son and my daughter Madyson spent four of the five days with Santa Claus in July. For you non-believers, it does exist. North Pole is 11 miles southeast of Fairbanks, about 100 miles south of the Arctic circle. On our last day, Santa who now knows Brock and Madyson very well, gave them each a gold-plated ornament and a coloring book. As we walked out of the Santa Claus House, Santa told Brock that he loved him — a very special moment for a young boy. We did make it to Denali National Park for one day and I wanted to stay longer, but we were there for our children and to visit Santa.
Q: Tell us about your first car.
A: It was an off-white Toyota Corona mini station wagon four door hatch-back. That car just screamd "babe magnet." Every morning I would have people in there going to Hesperia High. Some mornings, friends would be in the very back crunched because of overloading issues.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: I do all the laundry. I am good at it, even the super delicates. I mop and vacuum. I clean the toilets and do the bathroom floors. Shanerella do this and Shanerella do that. OK, my wife, Princess Ana, does her fair share also.
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