18 West Virginia Teachers Receive Arch Coal Golden Apple Award
"These 18 teachers are among West Virginia's most talented and professional educators," said Snider. "They ranked very well in the judging for the foundation's highest award, the Teacher Achievement Award. All were within just a couple of percentage points - and some less than a single percentage point - from receiving the achievement award."
Teachers are nominated by the public. The program's judges are past recipients of the Teacher Achievement Award. The Arch Coal Foundation announced its Teacher Achievement Award recipients, made to 12 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers, earlier this month.
"We encourage these Golden Apple recipients to apply again next year," Snider said.
The 2010 Golden Apple recipients are:
Maxine Arbogast Morgantown High School Morgantown Laura Beth Atkins Little Birch Elementary Little Birch Tabatha Beall Gilmer County High School Glenville Loren F. Berry Madison Middle School Madison Carrie Browning Omar Elementary Omar Debra L. Conover East Fairmont Junior High Fairmont Mary Beth Cook Summersville Middle Summersville James L. Dennis Parkersburg South High School Parkersburg Terry J. Hickle Parkersburg High School Parkersburg Kenneth Eugene Johnson Webster County High School Upperglade Pamela Kay Kessler Fellowsville Elementary Tunnelton Sandra Laird Emerson Elementary Parkersburg Alisa F. Lemley Buckhannon-Upshur High School Buckhannon Gwyn Michelle Linger Buckhannon Academy Elementary Buckhannon Lynn M. Schwallie Scott Teays Elementary Scott Depot Rebecca H. Severino Beverly Elementary School Beverly Anne Smith Green Bank Elementary/Middle Green Bank Frances L. Tolley Hurricane High School Hurricane
The teacher recognition awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and supported in program-promotion by the West Virginia Department of Education, the WVEA and the West Virginia Library Commission. The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher-recognition program in the state.
The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition or grant programs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.
Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 8 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. In West Virginia, Arch Coal subsidiaries operate the Mountain Laurel and Coal-Mac complexes. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.