Nominate West Virginia teachers for an Arch Coal teacher award


December 17, 2013

At this time of the year, many West Virginians increase their level of sharing and giving.

“As we give thanks for so many things, we should remember the outstanding classroom teachers who helped us along the way,” said Russ Lorince, vice president, external affairs, eastern operations. “The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program provides an excellent opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to a special teacher in a meaningful way.

“The approaching holiday season offers teachers an excellent time to complete applications, which require detailed explanations of their classroom and community activities and teaching philosophies,” he added. “Nominating excellent teachers today will give them an ample amount of time to complete their applications. The easiest, fastest means of nominating a teacher is online at”

Nomination forms also are available schools and libraries across the state. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 6, 2014, and completed applications are due Jan. 27. Recipients receive an unrestricted cash award of $3,500 during a celebration this coming spring. The 26-year-old Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards Program is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program in the state.

The West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission are partners in the program.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the world’s top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers on five continents. Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. The company controls more than 5 billion tons of high-quality metallurgical and thermal coal reserves, with access to all major railroads, inland waterways and a growing number of seaborne trade channels. For more information, visit