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Kristin Ingalls, left, a math teacher at Moffat County High School, is congratulated by Maureen Moore, program director for Peabody Energy’s Leaders in Education program, after Ingalls honored as the program’s first local leader in education. Moore said she expects 11 more local teachers to be honored in the next year.

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Moffat County High School math teacher honored with Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award

Kristin Ingalls, a math teacher at Moffat County High School, was honored with the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award Thursday morning in a surprise ceremony at the high school. The first of 12 who will be chosen in the Colorado region, which includes Moffat and Routt counties, Ingalls received a check for $1,000 to use at her discretion. “They can do whatever they want with it,” said Maureen Moore, program director for Peabody Energy Leaders in Education. “It’s our way of showing our appreciation to educators for choosing the profession. It’s a tough position and tough career to be an educator day in and day out. They’re molding our future. It’s important someone steps back and says thank you.” Educators can be nominated by anyone, and the only prerequisite for being nominated is it be someone who has been working full time in education for at least five years. This can include an educator, secretary, custodian, principal or coach for example.

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