“A state cannot have high-achieving students without first having excellent classroom teachers who make a difference in children’s lives every day,” said John W. Eaves, CEO, Arch Coal. “This year’s Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients represent the many outstanding educators who strive daily to mold our future leaders and to inspire them to live up to their highest potential. We are pleased to recognize these educators for their significant and valuable contributions, and we congratulate them on their professionalism, commitment to high standards and unflagging enthusiasm for educating students.”

The public nominates teachers for the annual award, and a panel of past award recipients selects the top 10 from each state among all those completing the comprehensive application process. In addition to the public recognition, each teacher is presented with a personal cash award and a trophy.