Peckham, Amy - Portrait

Amy Peckham ’86

Early Childhood Teacher


University of Rhode Island, B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

Natural Teacher Certification, Cedarsong Nature School

“She makes me feel happy. I always used to hold her hand during walks in the woods. I learned from her that you can be a great person and you can help each other every day and it’s awesome to do it.”
Mason, third grade

Joined Friends Academy: 2008

Favorite Book (Children’s or Otherwise): After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat, The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan, Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

What is your favorite thing about working at Friends Academy? Watching the children connect with the natural world while exploring our beautiful campus. The genuine joy they express in discovering the natural world, the important lifelong lessons they embrace while acting as stewards of our campus and our community, and the camaraderie that develops between the children while interacting in nature are all so valuable and inspiring for me to take part in creating as their teacher.

What do you love to do outside of school? Spend time in the natural world, especially near the ocean, read, visit bookstores and libraries, go to yoga classes, listen to music, especially live music, and enjoy delicious food with friends.

Do you have children who attend(ed) Friends Academy? Abigail ‘14 and Emilia ‘16

Fun Fact: Organizing dance parties for the Farmhouse is one of my specialties. I have been known to do a headstand to get the children’s attention!

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