Amy Dykes Named 2023 Liz Peters Master Teacher

Amy Dykes Named 2023 Liz Peters Master Teacher

May 25, 2023

The Dunham School is pleased to announce that Upper School math teacher Amy Kemp Dykes is the 2023 recipient of the Liz Peters Master Teacher Award, presented during the Commencement Ceremony held May 20, 2023 at Healing Place Church.

This prestigious award is named for the late Mrs. Liz Peters, a master teacher herself, and the school’s first employee. This award recognizes outstanding teaching at The Dunham School, with the intent to inspire excellence in the classroom and ensure the employment and retention of Master Teachers, in order to form a nucleus of strong teaching faculty for the school’s future.

Head of School Steve Eagleton presents the 2023 Liz Peters Master Teacher Award to Upper School math teacher Amy Kemp Dykes during The Dunham School Commencement Exercises on May 20, 2023 at Healing Place Church. Also joining the presentation are (from left) Ellie Dowling ‘26, Patti Peters Dowling ‘92, Bill Peters and Dean of Faculty Deedra LaPlace. (2023 photo by Eye Wander Photo) 

“The resources, support, and encouragement I receive from administrators, co-workers, and parents ignite my desire to continually explore new instructional strategies and the latest technology,” Dykes said. “I have been given opportunities to mentor incredible students. I am challenged by my co-workers and administrators to know God more authentically, to serve Him more wholeheartedly, and to share him more openly. I am humbled by the parents I know are praying for every facet of our school.”

“This honor, while humbling, is also challenging,” Dykes continued. “As a Master Teacher, I am now, more than ever, inspired to remain pliable as an educator. My call to expand my knowledge, embrace new ideas, and enrich the lives of others, has only been heightened by the distinction of Master Teacher.”

“Anyone who has observed this teacher knows she is masterful at the art of teaching, with her enthusiasm, creativity, and innovative lessons that engage students’ minds and hearts for math, but also for Christ,” said LaPlace.  “Her joy for the Lord is on display every day for her students and for her fellow faculty members as a frequent Chapel speaker, an encouraging supporter to those around her, and a role model of godly character. She is always willing to go above and beyond and does it with a beautiful smile and cheerful attitude, truly exemplifying the mission of The Dunham School.” 

Dykes has faithfully served the school for five years as an Upper School math teacher, Math Department chair, Director of Math and Science and mentor teacher. She has also served as the faculty sponsor for the Beta Club, leading the largest contingent of students in school history at the Beta Club convention. In addition she has mentored students in Dunham’s Institute of Leadership and has worked diligently to develop the Connections Program and Lunch & Learn events. 

Congratulations to Amy Dykes for this well-deserved recognition.

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