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From left is Alton High Principal Dr. Russ Tepen , Patrick Goetton, Alton Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells and Maureen Moore, director of Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Program.
ALTON - When it comes to education, Patrick Goetton doesn’t mind going the extra mile.
He’s been the drafting and engineering instructor at Alton High School for 20 years, and in that time his department has seen lots of changes. However, Goetton doesn’t fear change, he welcomes it; taking on multiple projects at a time and leading his students into the future by example.
That’s why he received the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award Tuesday in front of family, friends and peers inside his classroom at Alton High. He also was given a check from Peabody for $1,000 to do with as he pleases.
This initiative recognizes exceptional mentors who transform students' lives, with Peabody having pledged $450,000 over three years to benefit the program.
“He’s just the kind of educator we look for at Peabody,” said Maureen Moore, director of Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Program. ”His personality and willingness to take on other projects and do things to inspire the kids really sets him apart.”
Goetton has received awards in education from Emerson and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; however, he said this award is the most prestigious.
“To me, this is like winning teacher of the year,” Goetton said.
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