10 Outstanding Wyoming Teachers Honored With Arch Coal Teacher Achievement
CHEYENNE, Wyo., May 1, 2013
CHEYENNE, Wyo., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten Wyoming teachers were honored
today as recipients of the prestigious statewide Arch Coal Teacher Achievement
Award at a ceremony at the Capitol.
Arch Coal President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Eaves, accompanied by
Gov. Matt Mead, Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead and Wyoming Education
Association (WEA) Treasurer Jon VanOverbeke, presented awards to:
Charles Franke Wheatland Middle School Wheatland
Christina Gerrits Sage Valley Junior High School Gillette
Carla A. Itzen Kelly Walsh High School Casper
Pamela Kraft Encampment K-12 School Encampment
Liesl I. Peterson Wheatland High School Wheatland
Dory Pfister Lusk Elementary School Lusk
Michael Riley Cody High School Cody
Paul G. Street Laramie High School Laramie
Lesley Urasky Rawlins High School Rawlins
Jamie Walker University of Wyoming Lab School Laramie
Each teacher received a personal cash award of $3,500 from the Arch Coal
Foundation, as well as a distinctive trophy and plaque. The Arch Coal Teacher
Achievement Awards program, now completing its 13^th year in Wyoming, is the
state's longest-running privately sponsored teacher recognition program.
"Wyoming's classroom teachers are shaping the next generation of leaders in
our communities and beyond," said Eaves. "Arch Coal is proud to have taken a
leadership role in Wyoming to ensure that the state's star teachers are
recognized for their contributions."
"Teachers do more than instruct – they inspire," Mead said. "They change
lives, influence communities and cultivate a lifelong love for learning. Carol
and I thank Arch Coal for honoring excellence in education and for allowing us
to join in spotlighting exceptional teachers. We congratulate this year's
honorees on their selection and salute them for their contribution to
"On behalf of the Wyoming Education Association, we want to congratulate this
year's recipients," said VanOverbeke. "Our members respect your dedication to
excellence in education and the ingenuity, inspiration and world-class
education you provide to your students. The WEA is proud to have been involved
with the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards recognition program since its
inception 13 years ago."
Nominations for the awards are made by the public, and selection is made by a
blue-ribbon panel of the teachers' peers, all past recipients of the Teacher
The Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the
Wyoming library community, Taco John's and Loaf 'N Jug stores are longstanding
supporters of the program. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports
teacher-recognition and grants programs in West Virginia, Utah and Colorado,
as well as a number of other education-related causes.
Information about individual recipients is posted at archteacherawards.com.
St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the world's top coal
producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving
customers in 25 countries on five continents. Its network of mining complexes
is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin
in the nation. Arch Coal's Wyoming operations – Thunder Basin Coal Company's
Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines and Arch of Wyoming – have a combined
workforce of about 1,750. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long
history of supporting educational and community causes in Wyoming. For more
information, visit archcoal.com.
SOURCE Arch Coal, Inc.
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