Dr. Hollie
Pettersson

Partner and K-12 Practice Lead

Works with a variety of organizations, both public and private, performing program evaluation, leading change initiatives, and developing the next generation of educational leaders.

About Hollie

Expertise

K-12 Education
Program Evaluation
Change Initiatives
Professional Development

Hollie works with a variety of organizations, both public and private, performing program evaluation, leading change initiatives, and developing the next generation of educational leaders. She is a Partner at Cicero Group, where she leads the k-12 education practice: Ed Direction. Hollie’s approach to solving complex problems is evidence-based, leveraging the practical experience and learning from school systems. She frequently writes about student achievement, educational improvement, teacher leadership, and social impact, including peer-reviewed and trade journal articles. Hollie has developed and implemented a nationally recognized instructional curriculum and several promising programs.

Hollie is proud of her depth and breadth of experience in public education as a teacher, psychologist, and administrator. She has taught at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels; she also teaches pre-service teachers and administrators at the university level. Her leadership roles have included state-, district-, and school-level administration. A career highlight for Dr. Petterson is serving as Director of Teaching and Learning for a relatively large (34k students) re-start school district formed through voter action. In this role, she led the restructuring of all aspects of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and teacher and administrator development.

Hollie judges her success by the degree to which she can leave things, people, and situations better than she found them. Serving on the board for the American Cancer Society, she is focused on cancer screening and patient access to quality care. Hollie is a research advocate for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, focused on women’s needs. As a trustee of the Utah Association of School Psychologists, she works to connect SEL with academic skill development. Hollie is a member of the Salt Lake County Library Board, where she advocates for literacy development and equitable access to community resources. She serves as the Chair of the School Community Council at her daughter’s school and feels very lucky to get to shepherd the development of her two school-age children.

Dr. Pettersson holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, her doctoral dissertation focused on improving k-12 school systems, with a focus on equity, access, and implementation science. She also holds master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership and Policy.

Career Highlights

District and School Administrator, Canyons School District, Utah
Instructor, University of Utah
State Director of Professional Learning, Utah
Licensed Psychologist, Utah
Secondary English Teacher, Meridian School District, Idaho
Elementary Teacher, Granite School District, Utah
Special Education and Reading Teacher, Jordan and Granite School Districts, Utah