What Our Honorees Are Saying

2012 – 2013 Honorees


JessicaMcGuire Quote Photo"The privilege of spending an evening with so many dedicated educators was truly inspiring and being honored among this group of teachers and mentors is humbling. We have the opportunity to influence the future each and every day, which is a wonderful responsibility.”

Jessica McGuire

Teacher Grades 4 - 7
Dry Creek Elementary School

KevinKleckler QuotePhoto"After 21 years as a teacher, it is exciting and humbling to have achieved such a prestigious honor. It was very inspiring to be surrounded by a group of such dedicated and passionate educators and I feel blessed to be among this elite group.”

Kevin Kleckler

Welding and Automotive Teacher
Hayden High School

JulieSchnell QuotePhoto“I am so humbled and honored to be recognized as Educator of the Year. The importance of education was instilled in me early on and I try to share that knowledge with my students every day. I consider it a privilege to work with such great colleagues and to be able to teach the next generation." 

Julie Schnell

World History Teacher
Jasper High School

PaulRynkiewich QuotePhoto"It was a great honor to be named Educator of the Year, but also extremely humbling. Meeting all the other honored educators and listening to their stories reminded me there are many deserving educators who work just as hard and are just as committed to the future of the next generation.”

Paul Rynkiewich

Teacher and Coach
North Posey High School

JulieBurchett QuotePhoto"It is a privilege to be honored as Educator of the Year. To be recognized by my peers and students, as well as community leaders, for my efforts in preparing the next generation for the future is a moment I truly will never forget.”

Julie Burchett

Social Studies and Experiential Learning Teacher
Webster Groves High School

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Gillette News Record - May 28, 2014

Influential Teacher

Dubois County Free Press - May 16, 2014

Brosmer Recognized As Outstanding Educator With $1,000 Award

St. Louis Review - May 14, 2014

Archdiocesan News Briefs - Top Educators

Suburban Journals - May 14, 2014

Hardin Teacher Receives Peabody Energy Leader in Education Award

Dubois County Free Press - May 8, 2014

Huntingburg Third Grade Teacher Awarded $1,000

Evansville Media - May 5,2014

Evansville Teachers Receive Peabody Award

Gillette News Record - April 27, 2014

Two Local Educators Honored for Heart, Work Ethic in

Newsmagazine Network - April 15, 2014

Teacher Receives Peabody Award

Vincennes Sun-Commercial - April 15, 2014

Peabody Award

Fox 2 News - April 14, 2014

Nottingham Coach Honored with Peabody Leaders in Education

Gillette News Record - April 10, 2014

Rozet Teacher Wins Honor for Working to Relate to Students

Basin Radio Network - April 9, 2014


Craig Daily Press - April 7, 2014

Craig Middle School Teacher Receives Peabody Energy Leaders in
Education Award

TriStateHompage.com - April 3, 2014

Peabody Energy Recognizes Teacher as Leader in Education

Evansville Courier and Press - March 31, 2014

Castle North Middle School Teacher Honored

Suburban Journals - March 28, 2014

Teacher Wins Award from Peabody Energy Leaders in Education

eMissiourian.com - March 22, 2014

R-XIII Teachers Honored for Student Commitment

Belleville News Democrat - March 11, 2014

Peabody Energy Recognizes Collinsville High

News Magazine Network - March 4, 2014

Bulletin Board: Peabody Energy Leader Named in Rockwood

New Magazine Network - March 3, 2014

Bulletin Board: Peabody Leader named in Francis Howell

Craig Daily Press - March 3, 2014

East Elementary’s Tiffany Trevenen Receives Peabody Energy Award

Evansville Courier & Press - February 27, 2014

Glenwood Leadership Academy Teacher Named Peabody Leader in

Dubois County Free Press - February 27, 2014

Deb Schum Recognized and Awarded $1,000

Highland News Leader - February 26, 2014

Band Instructor Named ‘Leader in Education’

Belleville News Democrat - February 25, 2014

Peabody Energy Recognizes Belleville Grade School Teacher

Alton Daily News - January 30, 2014

Alton Teacher Honored

Basin Radio Network - January 29, 2014

True of Hillcrest Elementary Named a Peabody Energy Leader in

Fox 2 News - January 28, 2014

Hazelwood Teacher Wins Peabody Leader

South County Times - January 24, 2014

Kennerly Secretary Wins Award From Peabody

NewsBarb - January 22, 2014

Hymera Elementary Teacher Honored with Peabody Energy Leader in
Education Award

Dubois County Free Press - January 17, 2014

Ms. Jackman-Burns Named Peabody Energy Leader

WITZ - January 17, 2014

Stephanie Jackman-Burns Named Peabody Award Winner

TribStar.com - January 13, 2014

Captivating: Each Day Starts With a Dance - Teacher’s innovative
methods excite kids for day of learning, net her award

The Alton Telegraph - December 3, 2013

Award Surprises CMHS Social Worker

NewsBarb Greene County - December 12, 2013

Bloomfield Educator Named Peabody Energy Leader in Education

Fox 2 News - November 19, 2013

Kirkwood Teacher Awarded Peabody Education Award

KBCR Radio - November 18, 2013

KBCR Radio Interviews Peabody Leaders in Education Director

WITZ Radio - November 18, 2013

Gayso Awarded Peabody Energy Leader in Education Award

Dubois County Free Press - November 15, 2013

Gayso Recognized for Leadership

KMOX Radio - November 12, 2013

KMOX Radio Ad: Angela Kelly

KMOX Radio - November 7, 2013

KMOX Radio Ad: Dr. Chris McGee

KMOX Radio - October 30, 2013

KMOX Radio Ad: Kim Young

KMOX Radio - October 22, 2013

KMOX Radio Ad: Paul Bozdech

WUEV 91.5 FM - October 21, 2013

Evansville Radio Station Interviews Peabody Leaders in Education Director

KMOX Radio - October 16, 2013

KMOX Radio Ad: Marianne Wecker

KMOX Radio - October 9, 2013

KMOX Radio Ad: Shante Lyons

Region 4 Educator of the Year 2012-2013

Region 5 Educator of the Year 2012-2013

Region 3 Educator of the Year 2012-2013

Region 2 Educator of the Year 2012-2013

Region 1 Educator of the Year 2012-2013

Fenton-HighRidge Patch - May 22, 2013

Stanton Elementary Teacher Named Peabody Leader in Education, Awarded $1,000

St. Louis American - May 17, 2013

Ferguson-Florissant Teacher Wins Peabody Energy Leader in Education Award

Princeton Daily Clarion - May 16, 2013

Lowell North Teacher Honored

emissourian.com - May 13, 2013

Beaufort Man Named Peabody Energy Leader in Education

CarmiTimes - May 7, 2013

Peabody Awards LAB School Teacher $1K Receives Peabody Award

Dubois County Free Press - May 2, 2013

Jasper Teacher Recognized as a Leader in Education and Awarded $1000 Check

Belleville News Democrat - April 30, 2013

Marissa Teacher Receives Peabody Award

Daily Register - April 29, 2013

Peabody Awards LAB School Teacher $1K

Florissant Patch - April 28, 2013

McCluer Math Teacher Selected for Peabody Energy Leaders in Education

14 News - April 17, 2013

Chrisney Elementary Teacher Earns Peabody Leader Award

Warrick Publishing - April 17, 2013

Leader In Education

14 News - April 9, 2013

Bosse Math Teacher Earns Leadership Award

Princeton Daily Clarion - April 7, 2013

Dunlap Stunned, Humbled by Honor

St. Louis Review - April 4, 2013

Outstanding Teacher

Gillette News Record - April 4, 2013

Teacher Turned Reluctant Learner Into an ‘Enthusiastic Reader’

Craig Daily Press - March 22, 2013

MCHS Counselor Duzik Receives Peabody Award

Craig Daily Press - March 21, 2013

Hayden Teacher Named Leader in Education, Praised for Efforts

14 News - March 20, 2013

Oakdale Custodian Surprised with Peabody Leader Award

Suburban Journals - March 18, 2013

Teacher Honored by Chesterfield

Belleville News Democrat - March 12, 2013

Two Metro-east Educators Recognized with Awards

Daily Register - March 12, 2013

Cathy Wall Named Peabody Energy Leader in Education

Gillette News Record - March 3, 2013

Innovative Teacher Preaches Positive Behavior, Atmosphere at Hillcrest

Florissant Patch - March 2, 2013

Brown Elementary Principal Selected as Peabody Energy Leader

Suburban Journals - February 28, 2013

Peabody Leader Honored with Lindbergh Annual Leadership Award

South Gibson Star-Times - February 26, 2013

Sussot Honored as 'Leader in Education'

Suburban Journals - February 23, 2013

Francis Howell Teacher Named Leader in Education

CBS St. Louis - February 13, 2013

Notre Dame HS Visit – Peabody Energy Leaders In Education

Triad High School Website - February 12, 2013

Triad High School’s Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award Recipient

Craig Daily Press - February 9, 2013

CMS Teacher Honored by Peabody Energy

Lynnville Elementary Website - February 9, 2013

Mrs. Walker Named a "Peabody Leader in Education"

Honorees In Action Videos

2014 - 2015 Honorees

Danielle Kendall

Throop Elementary School

Robert Lescher

Busch Middle School of Character

Denise Heilers

Ferdinand Elementary School

Karen Wendholt

Ferdinand Elementary School

Dana Kunz

Jasper High School

Todd Slagle

Cedar Hill Community School

Leigha Coleman

Benjamin Bosse High School

Nicole Beckum-O'Hara

Craig Middle School

Melany Neton

Sunset Elementary School