Peter has a BA in Biology from St. Olaf College and an MS in Limnology from Central Michigan University. In 1995, Peter retired to the North Shore after 35 years of teaching biology at the secondary level as well as science education at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He has served as curriculum facilitator at SEA Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Peter has been involved with North House since it began in 1997, both as freshwater studies curriculum director and as interim director in 2001. He is currently affiliated with the University of Minnesota, Duluth; Lake Superior College and the Cook County Higher Education Project as an adjunct instructor.