The Dr. Arthur L. Amt Lutheran Teacher of the Year designation is awarded to the person who exemplifies the characteristics of outstanding teaching. The person so chosen represents the best in all teachers. The traits of this teacher should include:
- Models the role of the Christian teacher by growing in the Word and witnessing of his/her faith life to those around him/her
- Possesses a thorough knowledge of the subject matter, which he/she is able to help pupils learn
- Relates the Word of God to all activities in the life of a school day
- Remains current in knowledge of subject matter and methodology
- Plans well so that academic excellence may be achieved
- Uses a wide variety of materials to help children learn
- Applies discipline that helps each child to grow in discipleship, which allows each pupil to have dignity, and provides an orderly climate for learning. Has guidelines that illustrate a clear understanding of Law and Gospel
- Knows and values each child and treat each as a special gift from God
- Works effectively with parents
- Knows and apply the best instructional skills so that each child will learn in the way God gifted him/her
Dr. Arthur L. Amt served the LCMS as educator, church musician, and education executive from 1931 to 1977. He served the Indiana District from 1958 until his retirement. His most recognized accomplishment within the Church is the development of the Hearts for Jesus mission offering program. He was a hands-on educator while an executive, traveling thousands of miles annually within the district to assess and support teachers and lead school in-services and parent information meetings. He wrote many articles for Lutheran Education, and tirelessly served his adopted hometown of Fort Wayne in a variety of ways. In 1977, LEA awarded Amt with its highest honor, the Christus Magister (“Christ the Teacher”) Award.
In 1995 the Indiana District Office of Education created this award to honor his lifetime of service to Lutheran Schools.