Alternative Suspension Program

Mrs. Peters  

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Phone: 434-528-6485 extension  33812

Classes Taught: Alternative Suspension Coordinator 



My name is Rebecca ‘Dawn’ Peters. I am an Amherst native and graduate of ACHS class of 1990. As a longtime admirer of the AEC mission and leadership of Mr. Penn I am proud to be the  Alternative Suspension Coordinator.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Service from Old Dominion University and my Master of Education in Special Education General Curriculum from University of Lynchburg. Since 1997 I have worked in the public school setting providing social and emotional support to students.

I aspire to be a lifelong learner and enjoy helping students find their path. I believe in meeting each student where they are and work to provide them with the tools necessary to be their best. Students in the alternative suspension program can expect to engage in individual and group activities that align with the Amherst Tiered System of Supports.  

When I am not at work I enjoy reading and gardening. I am hopelessly devoted to all animals and can frequently be seen saving turtles from route 130. I am married, have two sons, and three rambunctious dogs that have complete control over our home.  

Please feel free to reach out with questions regarding ACPS’s amazing Alternative Suspension Program.



Dawn Peters, Alternative Suspension Coordinator 
Amherst Education Center
Phone: (434) 528-6485 ext. 33127
Fax: (434) 947-1200
[email protected]


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 I wanted to reach out and address the vaping epidemic that is attacking our youth. I write this not only as an employee of Amherst County Public Schools but as a mother and concerned citizen. Each day our Alternative Suspension Program is inundated with students that have been caught vaping. Upon processing with these students it is apparent that the vast majority are truly addicted. Many of these students understand the negative impact vaping has on their health. Others are completely unaware of the impact and believe that vaping is harmless. 

Students referred to the program for vaping are provided the opportunity to work through a vaping cessation offered by the American Lung Association.  Students begin the cessation while attending the Alternative Suspension Program and continue the 10 week program on their own.  

As educators we understand the importance of making informed decisions and are obligated to be at the forefront of  education, positive change, and health within our community.  I encourage each of you to do the same. If you or someone you know is interested in using the cessation to become better informed or quit smoking/vaping the program is free and self-guided.  The link is attached.