CHEYENNE, Wyo.(May 1, 2013) – Ten Wyoming teachers were honored today as recipients of the prestigious statewide Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Capitol.
Arch CoalPresident and Chief Executive Officer John W. Eaves, accompanied by Gov. Matt Mead,Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead and Wyoming Education Association (WEA) TreasurerJon VanOverbeke, presented awards to:
Charles Franke Wheatland Middle School
Christina Gerrits Sage Valley Junior High School
Carla A. Itzen Kelly Walsh High School
Pamela Kraft Encampment K-12 School
Liesl I. Peterson Wheatland High School
Dory Pfister Lusk Elementary School
Michael Riley Cody High School
Paul G. Street Laramie High School
Lesley Urasky Rawlins High School
Jamie Walker University of Wyoming Lab School
Each teacher received apersonal cash award of $3,500 from the Arch Coal Foundation, as well as adistinctive trophy and plaque. The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awardsprogram, now completing its 13th year in Wyoming, is the state’slongest-running privately sponsored teacher recognition program.
“Wyoming’sclassroom teachers are shaping the next generation of leaders in ourcommunities and beyond,” said Eaves. “Arch Coal is proud to have taken aleadership role in Wyoming to ensure that the state’s star teachers arerecognized for their contributions.”
“Teachers do more thaninstruct – they inspire,” Mead said. “They change lives, influence communitiesand cultivate a lifelong love for learning. Carol and I thank Arch Coal forhonoring excellence in education and for allowing us to join in spotlighting exceptionalteachers. We congratulate this year’s honorees on their selection and salutethem for their contribution to Wyoming’s future.”
“On behalfof the Wyoming Education Association, we want to congratulate this year’srecipients,” said VanOverbeke. “Our members respect your dedication toexcellence in education and the ingenuity, inspiration and world-classeducation you provide to your students. The WEA is proud to have been involvedwith the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards recognition program since itsinception 13 years ago.”
Nominations for the awardsare made by the public, and selection is made by a blue-ribbon panel of theteachers’ peers, all past recipients of the Teacher Achievement Award.
The Wyoming Department ofEducation, 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 programsin West Virginia, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of othereducation-related causes.
Information about individualrecipients is posted at archteacherawards.com.
St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of theworld’s top coal producers for the global steel and power generationindustries, serving customers in 25 countries on five continents. Its networkof mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanningevery major coal basin in the nation. Arch Coal’sWyoming operations – Thunder Basin Coal Company’s Black Thunder and Coal Creekmines and Arch of Wyoming – have a combined workforce of about 1,750.Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supportingeducational and community causes in Wyoming. For more information, visitarchcoal.com.