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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Cathy Wall named Peabody Energy Leader in Education

  • Cathy Wall, English and Journalism teacher at Harrisburg High School was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2012-13 school year, and awarded $1,000 for her compassion and commitment to students.
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  • Cathy Wall, English and Journalism teacher at Harrisburg High School was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2012-13 school year, and awarded $1,000 for her compassion and commitment to students.
    She was moved to tears, but fought them valiantly.
    According to a Peabody press release Wall challenges her high school students to improve their communication and critical thinking skills. A teacher for the past 18 years, she plays a vital role in preparing her students for English at the college level. Wall designed the journalism and junior English curricula to fulfill the requirements of the Common Core Standards. She has worked for the Illinois Journalism Education Association, in which she helped persuade the Illinois High School Association to establish a statewide competition in journalism. Last year, she was asked to take a position on the Journalism Education Association’s Certification Commission.
    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.
    “Outstanding educators like Cathy Wall are the heroes who help students find their true potential to succeed,” said Greg Boyce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Energy. “We are pleased to honor Cathy as a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, and we thank her for working diligently to transform the lives of her students.”
    The Leaders program was developed in Missouri in 2009, and reflects 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.

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