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13 Wyoming Teachers Receive 2016 Arch Coal Golden Apple Certificates

May 25, 2016 at 2:08 PM EDT

Wright, Wyo., May 25, 2016 – Golden Apple Awards certificates were presented to 13 excellent classroom teachers today by the Arch Coal Foundation. The Golden Apples are part of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program, which recently recognized 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers with its top honor. Golden Apple recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them among the top tier of the 2016 nominees.

"Wyoming is fortunate to have many excellent classroom teachers," said Keith Williams, president of Thunder Basin Coal Company and group president, western operations, for Arch Coal. "We are pleased to play a small role in recognizing their dedication to ensuring that Wyoming's students receive the best possible education and perform at high levels. Congratulations to all of the Golden Apple recipients for their achievements."

Teachers receiving Golden Apple certificates are:

Klinette Brandon Greybull Middle School Greybull
Claire Carter Campbell County High School Gillette
Debra French Cottonwood Elementary School Wright
Sarah Glasser Wright Junior Senior High School Wright
Sarah Larsen Woods Learning Center Casper
Mark Ma Campbell County High School Gillette
Annette Matijczyk Thayne Elementary School Thayne
Heidi Orme Saddle Ridge Elementary School Cheyenne
Deneen Redd Campbell County High School Gillette
Deborah Stainbrook Desert View Elementary School Rock Springs
Jessica Troftgruben Newcastle Middle School Newcastle
Lindy Watt Rawhide Elementary School Gillette
Tracianne Zerbe Lusk Elementary Middle School Lusk

Teachers are nominated for the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards by the public and judges are past recipients. This is the 16th year for the awards in Wyoming.

Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in Wyoming. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grants programs in West Virginia and Colorado. Information about the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program, as well as current and past recipients, is posted at

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is a top coal producer for the global steel and power generation industries, reliably serving customers worldwide. Its network of large-scale, low-cost mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. Arch Coal's Thunder Basin Coal Company operates the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in Wyoming. For more information, visit