Keely Abeln recently was honored as one of Peabody Energy's Leaders in Education for the 2012-13 school year. Peabody surprised Abeln with the award, accompanied by a $1,000 prize, during a band class Nov. 8.
Peabody started the program in 2009 to recognize people who make a positive impact on school environments, be it an outstanding teacher or a compassionate lunch lady. Last year, more than 30 St. Louis area educators received the award.
This is the third consecutive year a Francis Howell Middle staff member has won the award. Current Principal Ted Huff was honored in 2011; special education teacher Melanie Hiemenz received the award in 2010. Six Francis Howell teachers have been named Leaders in Education by Peabody since 2009.
Abeln was selected for her ability to reach students, said Maureen Moore, Leaders in Education program director. Read the full article...