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Oak Hill Principal Honored By Peabody Energy

St. Louis, MO April 15, 2015 – Dr. Karessa Morrow of Oak Hill Elementary School was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education for the 2014-15 school year, and awarded $1,000 for her dedication and commitment to students.

Described as a fierce and fearless leader, Dr. Morrow is a hands-on principal—working side by side with her staff to get results.  She interacts with students in a loving and firm manner; always striving for Oak Hill to be a place where every student will achieve success and perform at the highest possible level.  Having a strong sense of moral purpose, Dr. Morrow is a role model for her students and colleagues.  Her focus is clear and relentless.  She believes in doing the right thing, advocating for her students, being a lifelong learner, and accepting only the best from herself and her staff. 

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 anonymously throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.

“Educators like Dr. Karessa Morrow 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. Morrow as a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, and we thank her for working diligently to transform the lives of her 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 2014-2015 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

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 2014-2015 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.


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