By Rachel Dove
CHARLESTON – The Arch Coal Foundation has named 12 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers as recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.
Thia is West Virginia’s longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program, and this is the 26th class of teachers to be honored. One Mingo County educator was among those who received the commendation.
The announcement was made by John W. Eaves, Arch Coal president and chief executive officer. He was accompanied by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee. The recipients were honored during a ceremony at the Clay Center in Charleston.
The 2014 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients included Mingo County resident Lorraine Davis of Tug Valley High School, as well as Pamela Bush, a teacher at Logan Middle School. Others who were honored from across the state include Angela Culicerto, Rosetta L. Epifano, Adrin Fisher, Corey Humphrey, Leigh Kinder, Mary Anne Mullenax, Valerie Mullins, Sonya Shockey, Candace Smith and Laura Van Horn.
“Today, we celebrate 12 outstanding West Virginia teachers,” Eaves said. “These individuals are not only responsible for educating our children, but also for learning new concepts and teaching strategies themselves. They work tirelessly to serve the needs of their students and their communities.
“Teachers often are unheralded for the difference they make,” Eaves added. “So, on behalf of the 1,800 employees working at Arch Coal and our subsidiaries in West Virginia, we recognize and congratulate these 12 teachers for their dedication to excellence.
“It is my honor to recognize the wonderful teachers who work each and every day to help our students reach their potential. Great teachers are the key to helping West Virginia’s children discover their own abilities and achieve more than they ever believed possible,” Tomblin said. “They are dedicated to educating tomorrow’s leaders and committed to putting the needs of their students first.
“Congratulations to this year’s Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients. You are each outstanding examples of the wonderful teachers we have in our state,” the governor said. “I’d also like to thank Arch Coal for continuing to support education in the Mountain State.”