Chanie A. Peterson of Teaneck, N.J., Earns Doctorate in Educational Leadership at College of Saint Elizabeth

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MORRISTOWN, NJ (04/23/2014)(readMedia)--  Chanie A. Peterson of Teaneck, N.J., has successfully defended her dissertation at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J., to earn her doctorate in educational leadership. Peterson's dissertation is entitled, "Teachers' Perceptions of the Professional Learning Community as a Model of Professional Development." It explores the extent to which teachers at an elementary school think professional learning communities have impacted classroom instruction.

Peterson has been an educator since 1982, with a large part of that time, 20 years, spent teaching English and journalism at Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J. She is now vice principal in the Paterson Public Schools District She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism from Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., a Master of Arts in Communication from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., and a Master of Arts in Urban Education-Administration Supervision from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J.

The doctoral program at CSE, which is dedicated to preparing leaders who are committed to social justice and ethical practice, began in August 2007. "Integrated into all course work and learning activities are the central values and beliefs necessary for school leaders to function as morally purposeful stewards for their school communities," states Dr. John Crews, CSE educational leadership program chair. "This philosophy of servant leadership represents a major shift from the traditional paradigm of school leaders as managers of resources, which is so prevalent in today's practices."

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth enrolls more than 1,500 full- and part-time students in more than 25 undergraduate, 10 graduate and 2 doctoral degree programs; an educational leadership and a Psy.D. in counseling psychology. For information on other activities or programs, visit the College of Saint Elizabeth web site at