’Wick faculty members Brett Martell, Kate Duennebier, and Danny Dychkowski earned the “Going the Extra Mile” in Excellence in Teaching Awards for inspiring and empowering all of those they teach, coach, and advise.
The awards, in the form of a stipend established through the generosity of an anonymous family as part of the “Above All Else” Capital Campaign, also recognize recipients for having a powerful impact on their students’ character and self-esteem.
Brett Martell, a member of the faculty since 2009, teaches science in the Pre and Lower Schools, co-coordinates the Lower School Student Council and Community Service Program, and coaches freshman basketball and JV baseball.
He’s a young man seemingly everywhere all at once.
“Brett has made himself invaluable to Brunswick,” Lower School Head Katie Signer said. “He brings fresh eyes, hard work, and enthusiasm to everything he does — and seems to squeeze more hours out of the day than most.
“Thanks to Brett, our boys love science.”
Kate Duennebier arrived at ’Wick in 2007 to teach Middle School English and has since become the galvanizing force behind the Brunswick Trust, serving as the character and leadership program’s coordinator.
She has dedicated her time and energy to fostering personal integrity, tolerance, ethical behavior, and individual responsibility and accountability within each and every Brunswick boy.
“Kate continues to amaze both her students and her colleagues with her ability to inspire and motivate our boys to be their best selves,” Middle School Head Sarah Burdett said.
“Her English lessons are creative and student driven. Her advisory creates a valuable sense of belonging and home base for those sixth graders in her care. And her activities and discussions for the Brunswick Trust allow our students to take ownership and practice the character strengths that we as an institution hold most dear.”
Upper School award winner Danny Dychkowski, who joined the faculty in 2012, worked to plan every possible detail and eventuality of Brunswick’s off-campus wilderness-education and applied-classroom-learning experience in Randolph, Vt., where he will serve as the program’s director.
He made countless visits to the new campus during the 2017–2018 academic year, all while managing a full slate of teaching, coaching, and advising responsibilities back on Maher Avenue.
“Danny matches extensive experience with vision and attention to detail,” Headmaster Tom Philip said. “We are so lucky to be the beneficiaries of his efforts and love of the school.”
Award winners were honored at a full faculty meeting held just prior to graduation ceremonies.