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Educator making a difference



Peabody Energy created the Leaders in Education program to honor education professionals – from teachers and coaches to librarians and counselors – who are making a profound impact by inspiring, guiding, teaching and leading their students.

Honorees are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders and each earns a $1,000 award. Among the 30 regional educators to receive this award is Chesterfield resident Marci Fendelman, eighth-grade communication arts teacher at Hardin Middle in the St. Charles School District. Fendelman was nominated for the award by several of her peers, including Hardin Middle principal, Dr. Ed Gettemeier.

“Marci stands at her door to greet her students as they enter her room each day. She is genuinely interested in how the students are doing and feeling, how their day is going and how she can make it better,” Gettemeier said. “I cannot stress enough, the importance of building relationships with students and there is none better than Marci Fendelman when it comes to making connections with kids.”


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