Arch Coal Announces 22 Recipients of Its Golden Apple Award in Wyoming
Wright, Wyo. (May 31, 2006) – Twenty two Wyoming classroom teachers received Arch Coal's "Golden Apple" award today.
"Wyoming's classroom teachers deserve much credit, not just from students and parents, but from the state's businesses, too," according to Arch Coal's Greg Schaefer, vice president of external affairs, western region. "We count on our teachers to increase the knowledge and skills of the state's youth. I am always amazed at the accomplishments of the many talented teachers we have in our state's schools."
The Golden Apple recipients are: Heidi Christensen Douglas Primary School Douglas Barbara Alice Cook Deming-Miller ElementarySchool Cheyenne Debbie Dickinson West Elementary School Wheatland Jennifer T. Doolin Sheridan High School Sheridan Cheryl Marie Eastwood Oregon Trail Elementary School Casper Lori Hastert Monroe Intermediate School Green River Susan Jones Newcastle Middle School Newcastle Kathy Kintz Sunflower Elementary School Gillette Juanita Mair Mountain View Middle School Mountain View Ron Miles Douglas Intermediate School Douglas Jennifer Nehl Fort McKenzie High School Sheridan Pamela Jo Nichelson Washington Elementary School Green River Laurie Paronto Sheridan High School Sheridan Janelle Parton Independence High School Rock Springs Lorrain Rudd Rock Springs High School Rock Springs Dianne Sarr Highland Park Elementary School Sheridan Perri Shutts Fort Caspar Academy Casper Lisa Smith Eastside Elementary School Cody Ernest Ford Smith, Jr. Centennial Junior High School Casper Mary Lou Vaske Laramie Junior High School Laramie Bart L. Wilder Casper Classical Academy Casper Christi Wright Big Horn High School Big Horn
"The Arch Coal teacher recognition program is unique in Wyoming because it asks the public – students, parents, colleagues – to nominate teachers, and then the teachers' applications are judged by a panel of their peers," Schaefer explained.
"Our judges, all prior recipients of our Teacher Achievement Award, have a very difficult task determining the 10 winners. Judges then must determine the recipients of the Golden Apple award, teachers who also are extraordinarily talented and accomplished, but whose scores fell just short of being named a Teacher Achievement Award recipient," Schaefer said. "The Golden Apple recipients' scores were so close that in some instances less than a percentage point separated Teacher Achievement and Golden Apple award winners."
Arch Coal named the recipients of its Teacher Achievement Award on May 3. The 22 recipients of the Golden Apple award are eligible to compete in the next school year, as are all full-time classroom teachers in the state. "I believe these recipients of our Golden Apple award deserve to be nominated again," said Schaefer. "Clearly, they are outstanding professionals."
Arch Coal is supported by the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, Taco John's, Loaf'n Jug, and the Wyoming Library community in program promotion. This is the sixth year Arch Coal has made the awards in Wyoming.
Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer and employs more than 1,000 people in Wyoming. Arch produces more than 90 million tons of clean-burning, low-sulfur coal annually at its Wyoming operations. The company's Black Thunder operation in Campbell County is one of the nation's largest and most efficient coal mines. Arch Coal is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo.