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Peg and Ted Hope*

  • Peg: BA, World Religions, Lawrence University
  • Ted: BA, International Politics, Lawrence University, MA, Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Ted and Peg Hope are the founders of Spring Street International School, where they have been classroom teachers and overseas trip leaders for over 20 years. Peg served as Director of the school for its first 8 years; over time she has also served as College Counselor, Testing Supervisor for college admissions tests, SSD Coordinator, and Learning Specialist. In his time at Spring Street, Ted has taught a wide range of social studies and science classes. He had primary responsibility for establishing our overseas program and led trips to Asia and Central America for 17 years. Last year Ted and Peg taught their last class for Spring Street; they are now officially, finally, retired.

Peg earned her BA in World Religions and her teaching certificate at Lawrence University and has been teaching for over 30 years. She served as Department Head for Language Arts and Math at the Stanford High School, where she also had primary responsibilities for the college preparatory program, staff training, curriculum development, diagnostic testing and remediation. Peg’s love of travel and indigenous cultures, and belief in the transformative power of overseas adventures, led to her involvement in leading student trips to Central America and Asia for over 17 years. 

Ted received his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from Lawrence University, where he majored in International Politics. He earned his master’s in Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the founder and former Executive Director of the Stanford High School in Redmond, Washington. Ted is also the founder of the Institute for Village Studies, which brings college students to remote locations for study and service opportunities. His professional development has focused on cognition and brain-based education, with a specific interest in how experiential learning influences subsequent classroom performance. Ted’s philosophy of education is grounded on the assumption that all students are capable of learning, limited only by our ability to teach. 

Ted and Peg have been active in local community organizations, serving on several boards, including the San Juan Schools Foundation (which Ted helped to establish), the Whale Museum (where Ted served as Board Chair from 1991-1994), Kiwanis, Dollars for Scholars, the San Juan Nature Institute, and Hospice San Juan. Their current community involvement extends to providing any support they can to helping preserve the mission and heart of the school Louis has so enhanced and enriched.