Kate Page of Alton Middle School was named a Peabody Logos Leader in Education for the 2011-12 school year, and awarded $1,000 for her compassion and commitment to students.  Page was surprised during a school assembly on Tuesday in the auditorium.

As a science and social studies teacher, Page encourages her students to take an active role in their own education and discover what inspires them. Her motto is that students learn the most when they lead in the effort. Outside of the classroom, Page helped to establish Social Emotional Learning as a part of her school’s culture. She trains fellow teachers on how to adapt to students’ needs and emotional development. This year, Page has introduced service learning to her students and her class has made plans to overhaul a neighboring city park for the local community.

The Peabody Logos 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.

“Kate Page is a true innovator in education and inspires her students to support the community around them,” said Vic Svec, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Peabody Energy. “Peabody created the Leaders in Education program to give outstanding educators like Kate the recognition they deserve.”

In partnership with Logos School, 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. The 2011-2012 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.

Winners 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.   Civic Memorial High School Principal Debra Pitts was honored with the same award in November 2011.

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