An area teacher is the latest recipient of the Peabody Energy “Leaders in Education” Award.  Angela Kuchnicki is a speech teacher at Lovejoy Elementary in the Alton School District, and she was surprised with the classroom ceremony earlier this week. 

In addition to the award, she received a basket of edibles and a $1,000 check to use as she chooses.  She says the award was a complete surprise to her.

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Marc Lambert, Director of Special Education for the Alton School District, says Kuchnicki is deserving of the award.

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The Leaders in Education initiative recognizes exceptional mentors who transform the lives of students.  Peabody has pledged $450,000 over three years to benefit the program.

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