Blake E. Peterson

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Blake E. Peterson is a member of the Department of Mathematics Education at Brigham Young University. He was born and raised in Logan, Utah where he attended Logan High School. He attended Utah State University for one quarter before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sendai, Japan. After returning from his mission he finished his bachelors degree in secondary mathematics education. After graduation from Utah State in 1986, he married Shauna Davis before moving to southern California to teach at Chino High School for two years. In addition to teaching General Math and Geometry, he coached basketball and football. In 1988, he and Shauna moved to Pullman, Washington with their new son to begin graduate school at Washington State University. By the time he left Pullman in 1993, he had completed a Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in pure mathematics and had three more children.

After completing his PhD, Dr. Peterson was hired as a mathematics educator in the Mathematics Department of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where he taught for 3 years. In 1996 he moved his wife and 4 children to Provo, Utah to assume his position at Brigham Young University.


Dr. Peterson enjoys teaching and was recognized for those efforts in 2015 when he received an award for Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics Teacher Education from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. His research interests are also centered on teaching where he focuses on how teachers learn to productively use student thinking during instruction.

All of Dr. Peterson's children are married.

Joelle married Travis Mittanck in the Salt Lake LDS temple.

Taren married Brandon Curtis in the Draper LDS temple.

Quinn married Katrina Ricks in the Logan LDS temple. You will notice that Riley is not present in this picture because he was serving a mission in Berlin, Germany when Taren and Quinn got married in 2013.

Riley married Amber Rokovitz in the Provo City Center Temple. This picture includes Wayne S. Peterson and his wife Joan (Dr. Peterson's Uncle and Aunt). He performed the sealing.



Aside from his academic interests, Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, mountain biking, water skiing, and working in the yard.