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Arch Coal Recognizes 10 Outstanding West Virginia Classroom Teachers

June 8, 2018 at 3:30 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, June 8, 2018 – Arch Coal, Inc. recently named 10 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. It is West Virginia's longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program, now in its 29th year, and Arch's signature community outreach program.

The announcement was made by John W. Eaves, Arch Coal's chief executive officer. Each award recipient was honored at a special assembly held in front of students and faculty at his or her individual school. In addition, each teacher was presented with a personal cash award and a distinctive trophy to display in recognition of their achievement.

The 2018 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients are:

Brandon James Cline Mingo Central High SchoolDelbarton
Allison Endicott Mingo Central High SchoolDelbarton
Juliana Beth Huff Bradley Elementary SchoolMt. Hope
Jonna Kuskey John Marshall High SchoolGlen Dale
Leslie Lively Short Line SchoolReader
Susan Rebecca McCauley Elkins High SchoolElkins
Crystal L. Pennington Capital High SchoolCharleston
Sharon L. Walton Buckhannon-Upshur Middle SchoolBuckhannon
Catherine Whorton Madison Elementary SchoolWheeling
Amanda Jean Yates Bridge Street Middle SchoolWheeling

"We are honored to recognize this group of excellent teachers," said Eaves. “Year after year, I am impressed with the passion teachers have for their profession and the efforts they put forth in the classroom daily to improve the lives of their students. Outstanding student achievement begins with excellent classroom teaching and these 10 individuals represent the many dedicated educators across West Virginia who are shaping tomorrow's leaders. We congratulate them on their efforts to ensure every student reaches his or her full potential and salute them for this well-deserved recognition."

Selecting 10 individuals to receive an Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award is a multi-step process. The public nominates teachers for the annual award, and applicants must complete a rigorous application, which includes essays on teaching as a profession and teaching philosophy, a section on educational development and professional achievement, and three letters of recommendation. A blue-ribbon panel of past award recipients then selects the top 10 from among all those applying.

Arch Coal has a long history of supporting educational and community causes in West Virginia. It also supports a teacher recognition program in Wyoming.

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