AEFI is pleased to announce that the following individuals will be inducted into the AEFI Hall of Honor on Friday, April 27th, 2018 at our 16th Annual Hall of Honor Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Join us in congratulating:
Patty Hoyt: Former Educator
Patricia Hoyt began her teaching career at Amesbury High School in 1973 – the same school she graduated from a few years earlier in 1969. She taught English to grades 9-12 until her retirement 38 years later in 2011. Patty holds a BA in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire and a MA in English from Salem State University. She served as Chairman of the English Department and as K-12 English Language Arts Director. In addition to her teaching and leadership responsibilities she also managed to be class advisor, yearbook advisor and drama club director to name a few and has been named Rotary’s Educator of the Year, along with many other awards and recognitions. A former student has said that Mrs. Hoyt remains one of only a handful of teachers to be able to both challenge and inspire while another student described Mrs. Hoyt as the most influential teacher she had ever had. Patty’s hallmark was supporting and encouraging her students to follow their dreams with hard work and perseverance continuing that support well after their graduation from high school. Since her retirement, Patty hasn’t skipped a beat! She is the consummate volunteer as a mentor for new teachers in the Amesbury Public Schools, an AEFI Board member, a volunteer at Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. She is also diligently working to make Amesbury’s 350th birthday this year a very memorable one. To quote one of her colleagues, Patty’s unwavering dedication and positive impact can never be measured, but absolutely treasured.
John Meeks: Former Student, Class of 1982
John Meeks is a graduate of the Amesbury High School Class of 1982. After high school John attended the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in conjunction with classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He won numerous awards and was named Boston’s Up Coming Fashion Designer in Boston Magazine for his line of clothing Meeks Couture. John worked with Stephen Miller at Siegel Architects and then produced a high-end furniture line under his own name. In 1998 he landed in interior design co-founding the multimillion dollar interior design firm Aman & Meeks. His design achievements include interiors for Ralph Lauren and the homes of many NY socialites. As specialists in luxury commercial and residential projects, Aman & Meeks’ designs range from private residences, country estates and yachts to hotels, corporate offices and leading fashion retail stores. Internationally recognized, their diverse portfolio has been featured in many publications worldwide from Architectural Digest to Town & Country. John is loved by his clients, not only for his creative vision, but for his kind and gentle nature. He generously supports his community through many philanthropic organizations. John has received almost every possible award from his peers in the Interior Design World, but beyond his brilliant creative and business talents, he is just as well known for his kind spirit, spark for life and his integrity.
Laurie Knapp: Friend of Education
Laurie H. Knapp has a long history of service to the children and schools in Amesbury. She served on the Board of Directors of the Amesbury Educational Foundation for 15 years and has served as its President, Treasurer and as the Grant Committee Chair. Laurie continues that service even after her retirement from the Executive Board as AEFI’s accountant and as a member of its Advisory Board. She has a thriving business as a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the Board of Directors of The Provident Bank, the Board of Trustees of Anna Jaques Hospital as well as the Board of the Amesbury Health Care Charitable Trust and the Board of Advisors for The Pettengill House. She quietly helps many local, mostly youth oriented, charitable organizations with accounting/tax services on a pro bono basis.