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This profile was last updated on 1/21/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Karen S. Arimoto-Peterson

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Employment History

  • Community Affairs Specialist
    Woodside Elementary School
  • Full-Time Teacher In History and Social Studies
    Woodside Elementary School
  • Substitute Teacher
    Woodside Elementary School
  • San Mateo County Historical Society

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Woodside High School
Web References
Woodside/Portola Valley Rotary - Newsletter - Archive (Jan 21, 2009), 21 Jan 2009 [cached]
Last Week's Program: (courtesy of Last Week Editor, Dean Babcock) President Sandie Pugh introduced Karen Arimoto-Peterson, Community Affairs Specialist at Woodside Elementary School (WES).
Karen is a fourth generation American, her mother was the first Japanese woman born in Redwood City. Karen started as a substitute teacher at WES in 1970 and two years later became a full-time teacher in history and social studies, up to the eighth grade. In the early 1990's she was the Dean of Students. Karen serves on the board of the Woodside High School (WHS) where she graduated in 1964. She also serves on the boards of the WHS Foundation and Athletic Boosters as well as other committees. Karen recently joined the San Mateo County Historical Society where she is very involved in developing the Japanese history section.
Volunteer Coordinators, 23 Jan 2007 [cached]
Karen S. Arimoto-Peterson, Woodside Elementary School
Vital volunteer: Energy seems boundless for this Woodside High volunteer (August 16, 2000), 14 Sept 2000 [cached]
Karen Seiko Arimoto-Peterson, a Woodside High graduate in the 1960s who has returned to the school as a super-charged volunteer, was the obvious choice.
Karen and some Woodside friends could be seen recently selling sausages and hot dogs at a B.B. King concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre.That was to benefit the Woodside Booster Club.
Coming up August 22 is a dinner at Armadillo Willy's BBQ & Cafe in Mountain View, when a portion of the tab spent by Woodside diners will go to Woodside's football program.Karen organized the event.
In addition to fundraising, Karen cheers for the Wildcats at sporting events -- football, basketball, and girls varsity softball
Karen also serves as a community member on Woodside High's Shared Decision Making Committee.
With no children of her own, why does she spend her free time volunteering at the school.
it be for the kids, she answers quickly.So many people need so many things that everyone needs to take time to help..
A fourth generation American, Karen says her mother is the first Japanese female born in Redwood City.Her father's mother and aunt were the first Japanese American females born in California, she adds.Her parents, as young people, were relocated to the internment camp at Topaz, Utah, during World War II.
I never knew anything about the relocation.It was never talked about at home while I was growing up, says Karen.
She learned about it while preparing to be a teacher.Since then, she has become involved with the Japanese American Citizens League, and now conducts workshops on the Japanese American Experience to increase teacher and student awareness of this chapter in American history.
An institution'
Karen is an institution onto herself, says parent Margaret MacNiven, who has worked with her at Woodside Elementary and Woodside High.she be a person with a good overview, and also one who can put the pieces together and move forward, Mrs. MacNiven adds.
As community service coordinator at Woodside Elementary, Karen seeks out projects and makes sure eighth-graders complete their mandatory 30 hours of community service before they graduate.
Karen has a special spot in her heart for the Special Olympics, volunteering at the annual San Mateo County track-and-field events held at Menlo School and at the Walk for Gold, held in October.Now she be gearing up for next month's Sand Hill Challenge, a high- and low-tech soap box derby along Sand Hill Road that raises funds for youth programs.
The Woodside High foundation named its community service award in Karen's honor, calling it the Seiko Award. Seiko is her middle name, and it be on the license plate of her car, frequently parked at Woodside High.
Endorsements - Measure A, 25 April 2014 [cached]
Karen Arimoto-Peterson, Retired Teacher
Woodside's Delia Ehrlich enlists town residents, kids to fight litter (June 18, 2003), 18 June 2003 [cached]
Woodside teacher Karen Arimoto-Peterson, who has organized numerous school projects concerning the environment, welcomed the chance to get students involved in Ms. Ehrlich's proposed project, and two of her seventh-grade students -- Dana Feeny and Willa Caughey -- volunteered to spearhead the effort at the school.
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