Have you ever had a teacher that really cares about her students? If not, you haven’t had Mrs. Peckham.
Peckham has been teaching health one and two here for about 21 years. She loves teaching here because of how different everyone is and because of how much she has learned. She has a bachelor's degree in health and nursing science from the University of Delaware. Her masters are in Education and she is currently working on her Ph.D. in Psychology. Peckham isn’t just your average teacher though, she will always go an extra step for her students.
Peckham originally went to college to be an athletic trainer but wasn’t able to pursue that career because she could not put in the hours you needed to have in the training room due to her being on the track team.
When having to pick a different career, her grandmother had a big influence on her decision. Peckham loved that even while teaching, her grandmother still acted like herself around the students and never held back.
“I made the best decision of my life when I decided to become a health teacher. I chose to teach health because I wanted to teach a subject that would have a great impact on my students. My grandmother was also a teacher and I wanted to be just like her - she was the loudest, funniest teacher in the school.”
Although Peckham loves teaching, she loves going home to spend time with her family. She also tries to find as much free time as possible so that she’s able to do things that get her moving around.
“When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family and I love cooking for them. I also like to read and I basically love doing anything that gets me moving and gets me outside.”
Her students also know that she is one of the teachers that truly loves her job. Meghan Sisk is a sophomore here at McMahon and is in Peckham’s house. She loves being able to have her as a teacher.
“Mrs. Peckham is personally the best outlet for me here at McMahon for advice on all my personal issues. Her compassion for others is incomparable to any other teacher I’ve ever had. Spending time in her classroom reminds me that teachers really do care about their students. I hope everyone is able to experience a class with Mrs. Peckham in their BMHS experience.” says Sisk.