VALLEY PARK, MO. (KTVI) - For all of her hard work, a Valley Park school teacher got a special 'thank you' that was worth $1,000. Marianne Wecker won the 'Peabody Energy Leader in Education Award' for her work with the sixth-grade class at Valley Park middle school.
One of her former students is now an eighth-grader. He told the audience that Wecker was special, because she helped him read on a high-school level.
Wecker says she maintains high expectations for every child who comes through her classroom.
Wecker`s husband was also in the audience; he said it was tough to keep the secret for the past three days.
Several other teachers in the area have won the same prize; one of them will win another $5,000 s at an awards gala after the school year ends.