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19 Wyoming Teachers Awarded 'Golden Apple' Certificates by Arch Coal Foundation

April 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM EDT

WRIGHT, Wyo. (April 15, 2008) - Nineteen Wyoming classroom teachers have earned 'Golden Apple' certificates from the Arch Coal Foundation, according to Greg Schaefer, Arch Coal's vice president of external affairs, western region.

Polly Ann Beebout CY Junior High Casper
Toni Marie Billings Sagewood Elementary Casper
James David Coca Wagonwheel School Gillette
Kristin Michelle Cortney Indian Paintbrush Elementary  Laramie
Tyson James Emborg Sheridan High School Sheridan
Brenda Graham Gray Overland Elementary Rock Springs
Kerry Kaye Hood  Pioneer Park Elementary Cheyenne
Debbie McCullar Dean Morgan Junior High Casper
Donna Marie Perrin Star Valley High School Afton
Stephanie Jo Player Mountain View High School Mountain View
Carl Raymond Romanowski  Rock Springs Elementary Rock Springs
Theresa Jo Rowland  Sheridan High School Sheridan
Lisa Marie Sexton Oregon Trail Elementary Casper
Mary Teresa Smiley Coffeen Elementary  Sheridan
Kathy Jane Stephens Hillcrest Elementary Gillette
Richard B. Stonehouse Cody High School Cody
LeAnn Eileen Uhling Saratoga Elementary Saratoga
Theodore Kirk Wambeke Eastside Elementary School Cody
Grace E. Williams  Moorcraft Elementary Moorcraft

"More than 400 Wyoming teachers were nominated by the public for the Arch Coal teacher recognition awards," said Schaefer. "The judging was conducted by a blue ribbon panel of the teachers' peers - past recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

"While these 19 teachers did not receive the foundation's highest award, they scored incredibly well on their applications," Schaefer explained. "In some cases, the teachers who received the Golden Apple certificate were less than a percentage point away from receiving the achievement award.

"These Golden Apple certificate recipients are obviously excellent educators who bring a love of learning to their classrooms every day. Each one deserves to be nominated again next year," said Schaefer.

Schaefer said the Arch Coal Foundation expects to name the 10 recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, which comes with a $2,500 personal, cash award on May 6.

This is the eighth year the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards will be made in Wyoming. The program is supported by the Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, Taco John's, Loaf 'n Jug, and the Wyoming library community.

Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the nation's largest coal producers. Arch Coal's subsidiary, Thunder Basin Coal Company, employs more than 1,200 people in Wyoming at its Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. Thunder Basin sells more than 90 million tons of cleaner-burning, low-sulfur Powder River Basin coal on an annual basis.