W.Va. teachers honored with Arch Coal Golden Apple awards

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By Arch Coal staff (news release) 

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 16, 2014 – The Arch Coal Foundation presented 11 West Virginia teachers today with its Golden Apple Award.

The Golden Apple Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program, which recently honored 12 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers with its highest award – the Teacher Achievement Award. Golden Apple Award recipients earned finalist status in the program, distinguishing them as being in the top tier of the 2014 nominees.
"Arch Coal is proud to salute these excellent classroom teachers, who not only teach, but also counsel, inspire and enable their students to achieve at high levels," said Russ Lorince, vice president of external affairs for Arch Coal. "We appreciate these Golden Apple recipients' professionalism, dedication and high standards."

Teachers are nominated for the Arch Coal awards by the public and selected by a panel of previous award winners. The awards have honored star educators for 26 years and serve as West Virginia's longest-running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program.

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Awards are:

Rachel Cunningham Union Elementary School Buckhannon 
Katie Dantrassy Sherrard Middle School Wheeling 
Suzanne Davidson  Hooverson Heights Primary School Follansbee 
Debbie DeWees McKinley Elementary School Parkersburg 
Josh Fix Charleston Catholic High School Charleston  
Linda Fonner New Martinsville Elementary School New Martinsville 
Rhonda Foreman Martinsburg High School Martinsburg 
Joy Gaines North Marion High School Farmington 
Robert Johnson Fred W. Eberle Technical Center Buckhannon 
Ann Osburn Buckhannon Academy Elementary School Buckhannon 
Ashley Shaw Montcalm Elementary School Rock

The Teacher Achievement Awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and are supported in program promotion by the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in West Virginia. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grants programs in Wyoming and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) 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. In West Virginia, Arch Coal and its subsidiaries employ about 1,800 people. For more information, visit and