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Hayden Valley Elementary School first-graders point to their teacher, Lori Hornstein, middle, after learning Thursday she was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Based on her remarks after being named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education, Lori Hornstein’s commitment to education was clear#When it came time for the Hayden Valley Elementary School first-grade teacher to speak, she directed the attention away from herself and toward the crowd of students gathered for the assembly. Always an educator, she told the students she wanted them to focus and do well on upcoming Transitional Colorado Student Assessment Program testing.
“They make all of us in our school look good,” Hornstein said. She then led the students in singing the ABCs.
This is Hornstein’s 26th year teaching at the school, where she has taught students in kindergarten through third grade.
Thursday’s assembly was meant to surprise Hornstein. That was tough, though, because the school had a surprise assembly in January to honor kindergarten teacher Laura Voorhees as a Leader in Education.
It was obvious another teacher from the school was being recognized when Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Program Manager Maureen Moore walked into the gymnasium. She flew into Hayden from St. Louis, where Peabody is based. Peabody is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and runs Routt County’s Twentymile Mine southeast of Hayden.
“I bet we have someone here that turns on electricity in your minds every day,” Moore said when introducing Hornstein to the students.
Principal Rhonda Sweetser said Hornstein is known for dedicating extra time to her students and often can be found at the school on nights and weekends.
“One of the people that is always here is Lori, and that’s after years and years of teaching,” Sweetser said. “She just believes in giving it her all and being ready for everything she has to do.”
Hornstein also has won the praises of parents.
“They realize her dedication and that she is a teacher who realizes parents are an important part of the education team, and she expects the highest level from all students,” Sweetser said.
Students appreciate her, as well.
“She’s really smart, and she teaches us a lot,” said Joseph Hockaday, one of Hornstein’s students.
Hornstein’s husband, Donovan, was at the assembly to congratulate his wife. Hornstein said she was shocked and surprised by the recognition.
“I’m still shaking,” she said after the assembly.
Peabody is recognizing about a dozen educators this year in Routt, Moffat and Eagle counties, where Peabody has mining operations or corporate offices.
In addition to Voorhees and Hornstein, Hayden High School teacher Kevin Kleckler was honored in February. In Moffat County, Craig Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Brynna Vogt was given the $1,000 award that teachers can use in any way they like.
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Gina Zabel/courtesyHayden High School vocational education teacher Kevin Kleckler, center, was honored Tuesday as part of Peabody Energy’s Leaders in Education program.
“I’m humbled to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about,” Kleckler said Friday. “It was very nice.”
Among those gathered were students, teachers and Peabody representatives as well as Kleckler’s wife, three children, parents, sister, best friends and pastor.
“I didn’t even know they were there,” Kleckler said. “They just snuck in.”
Kleckler was the second Routt County teacher to be given the recognition by Peabody, which owns Twentymile Mine southeast of Hayden. Hayden kindergarten teacher Laura Voorhees was recognized last month.
Peabody plans to honor those who work in education throughout the year in Routt, Moffat and Eagle counties, where Peabody has mining operations or offices. The educational leaders are chosen by a committee of top educators and business leaders.
“Our students knew that Kevin (Kleckler) was deserving, and we were really pleased to see him receive this award,” Hayden Superintendent Mike Luppes said.
Kleckler’s most recognized accomplishment has been his leadership in growing the school district’s vocational education program that offers welding and automotive classes. Kleckler was instrumental in securing $1.6 million to build the Babson-Carpenter Career and Technical Education Center that opened in November 2008. Luppes said students have been leaving high school with college credit certifications that have jump-started their careers.
Kleckler also has served as the football and track and field coach as well as the athletic director.
With the recognition comes a $1,000 award. Kleckler said he would like to buy something for his home that forever would remind him about the award.
“Maybe I’ll buy a desk,” Kleckler said.
He said he also would consider putting the money into a savings account to help pay for medical bills for his 3-year-old son, Lewis, who has Down syndrome.
According to Peabody, the Leaders in Education program is continuing to accept nominations and is open to educational professionals of public, private and independent schools. Nominations can be made at www.peabodyenergyleadersineducation.org.
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Photo by John F. RussellBuy a print of thisHayden Valley Elementary School kindergarten teacher Laura Voorhees reacts Thursday morning after learning she won the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award. Peabody Energy Colorado Director of Human Resources Scott Harrell and Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Program Manager Maureen Moore visited the school and presented a gift basket and a check for $1,000 to Voorhees during a school assembly.From the Steamboat Today Thursday, January 10, 2013By John F. Russell
Steamboat Springs — On Thursday morning, students at Hayden Valley Elementary School were asked what coal gives them during an informal assembly inside the school’s gym.One student answered electricity that goes into the power lines, another added that it provides light for her home at night, and one boy said coal provided the energy to charge his remote-controlled cars.
All great answers, but on this day, Peabody Energy was there to provide something that the students didn’t expect.
Maureen Moore, program director for Peabody Energy’s Leaders in Education, flew into Hayden from Missouri to recognize kindergarten teacher Laura Voorhees and present the popular teacher with a $1,000 award for her efforts.
Scott Harrell, a representative for Twentymile Mine, joined Moore along with Sarah Leonard, the director of special events for the Steamboat Chamber Resort Association.
Voorhees has worked at the school for past six years. Moore said Voorhees puts her students’ needs first and finds unique ways to collaborate, share ideas and implement new strategies so her students have a successful learning experience. Voorhees has incorporated technology in her lessons and was chosen to participate in Microsoft’s U.S. Innovative Education Forum, where she collaborated with teachers from across the national about the role technology plays in early-childhood education. Voorhees also encourages parents to get involved in the classroom through her website, where she posts pictures and videos from classroom activities.
“She is an inspiration,” Moore said. “She won this award based on her dedication to set children in this community on the right path.”
Peabody presents the award in communities where its employees live. The company plans to honor 10 to 12 more educators this year in Routt, Moffat and Eagle counties, where Peabody has mining operations or cooperate offices.
Moore said the award is a way to recognize not only teachers, but also educators who are making a difference in children’s lives. She said the award is open to anyone in education from custodians to principals.
Peers or community members nominate the award winners, and a panel of judges — which includes executives from Peabody, educational representatives and community members — make the final choices on winners.
“I’m very surprised. I had no idea what was going on,” Voorhees said after being presented with the award Thursday. “It means a lot, and it’s nice to be recognized. It’s nice to know that what you are doing in the classroom is paying off.”