Local Educator Named Peabody Energy Leader in Education
St. Louis, Mo. November 7, 2013 – Dr. Chris McGee of Webster Groves School District in St. Louis was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2013-14 school year, and awarded $1,000 for his dedication and commitment to students.
McGee’s philosophy of leadership in education is one that focuses on advocacy, enthusiasm and participation in order to ensure that everyone will succeed. As Webster Groves School District’s Curriculum Coordinator, McGee specializes in creating personalized learning for every classroom. He researches and provides effective instruction in order to create opportunities that are authentic and relevant to current events and that utilize the highest technologies available. McGee founded the nonprofit ConnectED Learning, which is designed to give teachers a completely free space to develop, share, learn and connect with other educators.
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 Chris McGee 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 Dr. McGee as a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, and we thank him for working diligently to transform the lives of his 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. The 2013-2014 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.
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. Each 2013-2014 Leader in Education will be honored at an awards gala after this school year, where one will be named Educator of the Year and awarded $5,000.