Eighth grade math teacher Lori Quigley of Eldorado Middle School accepted a $1,000 check Friday from Mark Callaway of Peabody Energy's Cottage Grove Mine in Equality.
The check was awarded to Quigley for being named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education. She competed with other teachers in the region for the title.
Her application for the award was submitted unknown to her by administrators at her school.
Quigley said she would probably spend most of the money on her student's field trip to the Beta Club Nationals in Mobile, Ala.
"I might spend the rest of the money on a St. Louis Cardinals game," she said.
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