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Arch Coal Honors 10 Wyoming Classroom Teachers

May 30, 2017 at 4:45 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, May 30, 2017 – Arch Coal recently named 10 outstanding Wyoming classroom teachers as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. It is Wyoming's longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program, now in its 17th year.

Each teacher was honored at a special assembly held in front of students, peers, family and friends at his or her individual school.

The 2017 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients are:

Lucas Dow Kelly Walsh High School Casper
Lindsey Freeman H.E.M. Junior/Senior High School Hanna
Tom Grogan Natrona County High School Casper
Katie Hernandez Lovell High School Lovell
Megan Moench East High School Cheyenne
Suzanne Moum Nelson Casper Classical Academy Casper
Laura Rigby Uinta Meadows Elementary School Evanston
Wanda Theobald Pine Bluffs Elementary School Pine Bluffs
Jessica Troftgruben Newcastle Middle School Newcastle
Heather Wetzel Natrona County High School Casper

"A state cannot have high-achieving students without first having excellent classroom teachers who make a difference in children's lives every day," said John W. Eaves, Arch's chief executive officer. "This year's 10 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients represent the many outstanding Wyoming educators who strive daily to mold our future leaders and to inspire them to live up to their highest potential. We are pleased to recognize these 10 educators for their significant and valuable contributions, and we congratulate them on their professionalism, commitment to high standards and unflagging enthusiasm for educating Wyoming's students."

The public nominates teachers for the annual award, and a blue-ribbon panel of past award recipients selects the top 10 from among all those completing the comprehensive and rigorous application process. In addition to the public recognition, each teacher is presented with a personal cash award and a distinctive trophy.

The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards are supported in program promotion by the Office of the Governor, Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Library Community, the Wyoming Education Association, and Taco John's.

Arch Coal has a long history of supporting educational and community causes in Wyoming – a key operating state for the company. It also supports a teacher recognition program in West Virginia.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is a top coal producer for the global steel and power generation industries. Arch operates a streamlined portfolio of large-scale, low-cost mining complexes that produce high-quality metallurgical coals in Appalachia and low-emitting thermal coals in the Powder River Basin and other strategic supply regions. For more information, visit