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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Educator honored with $1K award from Peabody

  • Maybe the standing ovation meant more than the $1,000. John Sutton of Gallatin County Community Unit School District No. 7 was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2012-13 school year, and awarded $1,000 for his compassion and commitment to students.
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  • Maybe the standing ovation meant more than the $1,000.
    John Sutton of Gallatin County Community Unit School District No. 7 was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2012-13 school year, and awarded $1,000 for his compassion and commitment to students.
    The students gave him a standing ovation, one student saying, "He taught me not to give up."
    As the agriculture teacher, Sutton lead by example and was an influential and caring role model for his students. He was the person students turned to in times of need. Whether it was helping to decorate the gym for the Homecoming Dance, working the concession stand at a ballgame or building and repairing something at the school, Sutton was always there to help out. He went above and beyond to support students and attended almost all of the school’s athletic events to cheer on student athletes.
    The Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program rewards dedicated education professionals — from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors — who inspire and motivate youth to succeed. Award recipients are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.
    “John Sutton is a true leader in education who gives back to his school community,” said Vic Svec, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Peabody Energy, in a prepared release. “Peabody created the Leaders in Education program to give outstanding educators like John the recognition they deserve.”
    The Leaders program was developed in Missouri in 2009 and is intended to reflect Peabody’s commitment to make a positive impact in the communities where the company’s employees live and work by honoring those who inspire students, according to the release.
    The 2012-2013 award program is continuing to accept nominations and is open to educational professionals of public, private and independent schools in designated communities where Peabody Energy employees live and work.
    Nominations may be made at www.PeabodyEnergyLeadersInEducation.org.
    Honorees are selected from a diverse group of educators. They can range from veteran teachers to individuals in support staff roles such as administrators, coaches or counselors.
    Nominations may be made at www.PeabodyEnergyLeadersInEducation.org.

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