The upcoming holiday season provides an excellent opportunity to recognize a special West Virginia teacher with a nomination for an Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, according to Charles Snavely, president of Arch Coal's eastern operations.
"During this time of the year, it is always good to remember people who have made a positive contribution to your life or to the lives of your children," said Snavely. "This is an especially good time to thank our classroom teachers, who are challenging and inspiring our youth to become their best.
"By nominating superior teachers for an Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award, you recognize and honor them," he continued. "Early next year, 12 excellent teachers will receive personal $3,500 cash awards from the Arch Coal Foundation. However, they need to be nominated to compete for these awards."
Nominated teachers complete a written application, which is then judged by a blue-ribbon panel of former award recipients. With the Jan. 7 nomination deadline fast approaching, the earlier teachers are nominated, the more time they will have to complete the application. Nomination forms are available online at archteacherawards.com, wvea.org, and in schools and state libraries.
Partners in the program are the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission.
This is the silver anniversary - 25th year for the awards in West Virginia, making it the longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in West Virginia. 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.
U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is a top five global coal producer and marketer, with 157 million tons of coal sold in 2011. Arch is the most diversified American coal company, with active mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. Its core business is supplying cleaner-burning, low-sulfur thermal and metallurgical coal to power generators and steel manufacturers on five continents. In 2011, Arch continued to lead the U.S. coal industry in safety performance and environmental compliance among large, diversified producers. Arch Coal's West Virginia operations have a combined workforce of more than 1,750.