Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:51PM - 271 Views
Julia Roberts Goad
Heartland News Service

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The deadline is approaching to nominate your favorite teacher for the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards.

The teacher awards program is the Arch Coal Foundation’s signature education program that honors 12 outstanding teachers each year in West Virginia The program is unique in two ways: It asks the public to nominate outstanding teachers — who must then complete a written application — and a blue-ribbon panel of former award winners judges the applications and determines the recipients. This is the 25th year that the awards are being presented in West Virginia, making it the longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state.

Charles Snavely, president of Arch Coal’s eastern operations, said the company realizes the value of teachers.

“We know that teachers can truly change lives,” he said. “Now is your opportunity to thank a life-changing teacher by nominating him or her for a $3,500 personal cash award from the Arch Coal Foundation.”

Nominations for outstanding teachers are usually submitted by parents, co-workers, or students, however anyone in the public can nominate a teacher. All teachers whose names are submitted receive an application detailing the requirements and the four topics to be addressed:Teaching as a Profession, Teacher Philosophy, Educational Development/Professional Achievement, and Community Service. These essays and three letters of recommendation are then sent to Arch Coal to be judged.

“Arch Coal appreciates classroom teaching excellence and recognizes the importance of teachers in our children’s daily lives,” said Deck S. Slone, a senior vice president of Arch Coal. “The teachers recognized by our award programs strengthen our communities by bringing higher levels of learning to their classrooms. We are especially pleased that these programs are making a positive difference in many of the areas where we live and work.”

The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program is celebrating its 25th anniversary in West Virginia and is the longest running privately sponsored teacher-recognition program in West Virginia

The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition or grants programs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

Partners in the program are the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission.

Nomination forms are available online at archteacherawards.com, wvea.org, and in schools and state libraries. The nomination deadline for the 2012-2013 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards is Jan. 7, 2013.

“There is still time to nominate a teacher who has made a difference in your life or in the life of a child,” said Snavely.

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