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Natrona County Educators Named Peabody Energy Leaders in Education

Robert Peterson of Casper Classical Academy and Eberle Buhler of Dean Morgan Junior High School were named Peabody Energy Leaders in Education for the 2014-15 school year, and were each awarded $1,000 for their dedication and commitment to students.


Robert Peterson of Casper Classical Academy is surprised by Principal Puryear and a Peabody Energy representative with his award!




Eberle Buhler of Dean Morgan Junior High School was surprised when she was announced as a 2015 Peabody Energy Leaders in Education reciepent.

As a Functional Life Skills Teacher, Robert Peterson is extremely knowledgeable in the area of special education, especially when it comes to working with learners who have cognitive disabilities like autism and Down Syndrome. He understands these children and how to work with them in a way that prepares them to participate in the world around them. Peterson supports students in the inclusive environment and provides training and support to both his students and the teachers. He is a strong resource at Casper Classical Academy, the district and in the community for staff, parents and students.

Described as a fantastic Reading & Literacy Instructor, Eberle Buhler teaches two grade levels and plans with many teachers in order to systematically educate the students. She creates engaging and relevant lessons for all students, while her test scores indicate large growth for the majority of her students. Buhler also participates in an intervention after school program to provide the extra instruction low readers need to improve. As a leader in the school, she is involved in many committees which guide and systemize education at Dean Morgan.

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

“We are grateful for the inspiration Robert Peterson and Eberle Buhler provide to their students, and we applaud their leadership within the school community,” said Greg Boyce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Energy.


Dean Morgan Assistant Principal Thomas Ernst, Dean Morgan Assistant Principal Jodie Frazier and Dean Morgan Principal Steve Ellbogen are joined by a Peabody Energy representative in congratulating Dean Morgan teacher Eberle Buhler.



Robert Peterson of Casper Classical Academy is congratulated by Casper Classical Academy Principal Puryear and a Peabody Energy representative while receiving his award.


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.

Nominations may be made at:

More information can also be found at:

About Peabody Energy

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents.  For further information, go to and

courtesy of Peabody Energy Leaders in Education


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This entry was posted on May 12, 2015 by in Excellence, Home - Inside NCSD, In Focus.

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