By Sarah Pridgeon
Peggy Fraser was honored with a Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award at the end of last semester to recognize her dedication to students and teaching. Originally from Sundance, Fraser has taught at Rozet Elementary School for the full 33 years of her career.
A nationally board-certified middle childhood generalist who uses common core standards to guide her lessons, Fraser taught third grade until recently making the switch to elementary level. This marked a return to the roots that defined her first decade as a teacher.
Fraser’s aim in the classroom is to create a safe, friendly and nurturing learning environment that is also a fun place to be. She encourages risk taking and curiosity in her students.
Fraser is committed to her position as role model for her students and mentor for up-and-coming educators. She believes that a leader should incorporate a friendly and comfortable learning environment that promotes growth in student achievement and builds positive relationships with students and colleagues.
“I feel very honoured to win the Peabody Leader in Education Award,” she says.
“It is not the fact that I won, it is the fact that I feel I am making a difference with the students I teach.”
Fraser was presented with the $1000 check associated with the award in the school gym to resounding applause from her students, family, friends and fellow members of staff. She was nominated by Deb Johnson, a former aide in her classroom who has seen three grandchildren flourish under Fraser’s care.
The Leaders in Education program is the brainchild of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, as a means through which to reward dedicated and compassionate educational professionals. Recipients of the award are selected throughout the school year by a committee of top educators and business leaders.
Leaders in Education was created in 2009 in Missouri to reflect Peabody’s commitment to making a positive impact in the communities where its employees live and work and honor those people who inspire students. Honorees are selected from a diverse group of educators, ranging from veteran teachers to support staff roles, such as administrators, coaches and counselors.