Statewide organization highlights Burbank principal in new video

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Statewide organization highlights Burbank principal in new video

The Association of California School Administrators created a touching video about the experiences of Luther Burbank High School Principal Jim Peterson for a campaign designed to shed positive light on those who serve in public education.

Peterson began at Burbank as a substitute in 1994 and contemplated quitting in his first week.

“The students had gone through seven substitutes and it was only October,” Peterson says. “On my first Friday, I thought ‘This is it. I’m not coming back here.’ Then a student said ‘You’re not coming back, are you?’ I said ‘Why do you say that?’ And he said ‘Nobody ever comes back.’ And I said ‘I’ll be here.’ ”

Peterson stayed the year, joined the full-time faculty and eventually rose to principal. “I’m still working at my very first real job.”