When it comes to direction and determination, Butte High School junior Teagan Peters, 17, stands out among her peers. “She knows exactly what she wants, and she knows how to get there,” said Brenda Floreen, Butte High School vice principal. When asked if she knew what career she’d like to pursue after graduation, Peters answered without hesitation — a neonatal nurse practitioner.
With her sights set on a career in the medical profession, it wasn’t surprising to learn that her two favorite subjects were introduction to healthcare and anatomy and physiology.
Peters’s instructor for these classes, Amber Walter, is impressed by her student’s ambition and dedication to her studies and her future career path. “She is an exceptional student who is willing to work hard to improve her community and achieve her dreams,” Walter said.
Walter is also the advisor for the BHS Health Occupations Students of America chapter. HOSA is a national organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education.
Walter said that Peters has been a member of HOSA for the past two years and is currently serving as the HOSA president and will serve another term in the office for the 2019-2020 school year.
Peters’s leadership qualities are complemented by her scientific knowledge. She recently competed in a HOSA competition based on knowledge of human growth and development.
“To prepare, she attended weekly practices along with reading and studying an entire text book on human growth and development,” Walter said. Peters qualified locally and was selected to attend HOSA’s recent international leadership conference in Orlando, Florida, in late June.
Closer to home, Peters maintains a 4.0 grade point average and manages to serve on the BHS student council, work 15 to 20 hours per week at a part-time restaurant job, and participate with local HOSA-sponsored events, including blood drives and career education events. “I’ve learned a lot about time management and not to procrastinate,” Peters said. Peters also knows she needs to take time to find balance and have some fun. Her favorite activities include hiking, shopping, and hanging out with friends.
Peters’s father Wes was proud of his daughter’s nomination for Teen of the Month but wasn’t surprised by his daughter’s hard work being recognized. “Teagan sets goals and works on them till she accomplishes them. She has been that way since she was a little girl,” he said. “Her accomplishments to this point are a true reflection of the kind of person she is,” he added.
Peters’s mother, Trish Robinson, said that she and her husband Bill were also proud of Peters’s work ethic and excited for her future. “This past year, she’s started to be rewarded for her determination by being recognized by the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Girl’s State, and HOSA nationals. She is starting to take it all in and enjoy the moment while also mapping out her future,” Robinson said.
After graduation in 2020, Peters hopes to attend Montana Tech to study nursing. Her dedication and determination in high school are a strong indication that she’ll have no problems keeping up with her heavy future college course loads. “I love to learn,” Peters said.