Peggy Holmes has been teaching for 30 years at Amory High School and continues to teach Drama and Oral Communication I and II. Under Holmes’ direction, Amory High School was awarded in 2007 by USA Today the Best Theatre Production of the Year in the state of Mississippi for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and in 2008 for “Forever Plaid.”
Holmes was awarded the 2008 League Educator Apple Award from The Broadway League® for a commitment to arts education and collaborating with venues that present touring Broadway shows. Leading her students to observe professional theatre productions at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, resulted in Amory High School to become the first high school in the theatre’s 80-year history to be invited to perform a full-length musical on the Orpheum stage before a crowd of over 2,000.
In 1973, Holmes was named Mississippi’s Speech Teacher of the Year and was awarded Teacher of the Year from Congressional District 1 in 1980. She has served as an adjunct professor at Itawamba Community College and is co-author of “Speech Communication: The English Teacher’s Responsibility.”
Holmes is a graduate of Mississippi College and received advanced degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in educational theatre and a specialist degree in secondary education from the University of South Alabama. She also earned an administration endorsement from Mississippi State University and a specialist degree in English from the University of Mississippi.