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25 West Virginia Teachers Earn Arch Coal 'Golden Apples'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 18, 2008) – Twenty-five outstanding classroom teachers have earned "Golden Apple" certificates from the Arch Coal Foundation, according to John R. Snider, Arch Coal vice president, external affairs, eastern region.

"These 25 teachers received very high appraisals of their applications for the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award," said Snider. "They are obviously excellent teachers who deserve this honor. We hope that students, parents and colleagues will nominate these teachers again next year.

"The Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program is unique because the public is asked to nominate classroom teachers who demonstrate great professionalism and dedication in their classrooms," Snider said. "The teachers' applications are evaluated by a panel of expert judges, all who are former recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

"Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation appreciate that West Virginia has so many high-performing classroom teachers," Snider said.

The 12 recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, the Arch Coal Foundation's highest award, will be made February 27 at a ceremony at the state Capitol. The Arch Coal Foundation's is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in West Virginia. More than 400 nominations for the awards were received.

The Golden Apple recipients are:

Jeanine Grace Allen

Buckhannon Academy Elementary


Maxine Mary Arbogast

Morgantown High School


Diana Benedum

Creed Collins Elementary


Jane Ann Conrad

Brandywine Elementary


Lee Ann Cumpston

Kanawha Elementary


Dina DeCoffee-Perrone

Gerrardstown Elementary


Melanie Ann Donofe

Liberty Elementary


Erica Sue Drennan

Confidence Elementary

Red House

Amy Suzanne Fletcher

Burch Elementary


Sarah Gaughenbaugh

John Marshall High School

Glen Dale

Brenda Joyce Gibson

Braxton County High School


William Gibson

Morgantown High School


Kathy Jones

Creed Collins Elementary


Melissa Lampinen

Union Elementary School


Kendi Ann Morris

Beale Elementary

Gallipolis Ferry

Ami Davis Palmer

Clendenin Elementary


JoAnne Larson Persinger

Lewisburg Elementary


Connie McClung Scarbrough

Ripley High School


Lynn Marie Schwallie

Scott Teays Elementary

Scott Depot

Sandra Lee Shaw

Woodrow Wilson High School


Raymond L. Singleton

Horace Mann Middle School


Janet Butts Sisler

Moorefield Elementary School


Jennifer Lynn Sisson

McKinley Elementary School


David Reis Stone

Fairplains Elementary


Mary Wright

Parkersburg High School


The awards program is supported by the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and its West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, and the West Virginia Library Commission.

Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the nation's largest coal producers. The company's core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies the fuel for approximately 6 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.