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Tara Peterson

Published Sept. 5, 2023


Coming from an abundance of educational and professional experience, Tara Peterson has joined the Carmel High School staff as the school mental health clinician.

Although the exact details pertaining to her job are still being figured out, Peterson has started to meet with students and keeps her objective in mind.

Tara Peterson (photo by NICOLE MIRSKI)

“The goal is to support students with their social-emotional health, their mental health, and to provide them a safe space to problem solve and to learn skills that will make their lives easier,” says Peterson.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from National University in Sacramento counseling and her master’s from University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in juvenile justice to help those who would be better suited in a different environment. The social worker has also worked at Sierra School at Eastern Extension for five years supporting students in special education and in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District with the alternative education program. 

Outside of work, Peterson loves animals, hiking national parks and traveling. She has been to 47 different countries and enjoys backpacking through many of them, her favorites being Vietnam, Bahli and Iceland. 

Tara Peterson is located in Room B, also known as the Wellness Center, and is available during lunch, at office hours and by appointment.

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