Education

Scott Teays Elementary’s Tammy Martin Dill Receives Arch Coal Teacher Award

Charleston − Teaching is a tradition in Tammy Martin Dill’s family. Her grandfather taught in a one-room school in Mason County. Her mother taught in Kanawha County.

Today, Dill, a kindergarten teacher at Scott Teays Elementary in Scott Depot, was honored as one of 10 teachers in the state to receive the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

In making the announcement, Arch Coal President and Chief Executive Officer Steven F. Leer presented Dill with a $2,500 award. Also on hand to honor Dill were Governor Bob Wise, Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart, and West Virginia Education Association President Tom Lange.

Dill says her sixth-grade teacher, Ms. Mildred Bowden, predicted she would become a teacher. “A particular note on her personal stationery left a lasting impression. It included an acronym for the letters in my first name: ‘T’ is for the teacher you will be someday,” Dill adds.

“Utilizing community resources, taking field trips, interacting with guest speakers and involving parents in my teaching maximizes kindergarten experiences,” she says. “Opportunities for discovery and inquiry in all academic areas are foremost in my planning. Each child needs to be motivated with the desire to learn and create to reach his/her fullest potential.”

“Mrs. Dill is an excellent teacher, who works hard to provide her students with instruction that will allow them to not only learn, but also to have fun,” says Cynthia R. Frazier, vice principal at Scott Teays Elementary. “She constantly strives to set goals for her students as well as herself.”

“When I recently asked for volunteers to give up a Saturday to learn about and critique a new character education program, I knew I could count on Mrs. Dill. Her motivation and drive to seek out and bring new knowledge to her profession is exemplary,” adds Beth Pitzer, principal at Scott Teays Elementary.

“With a background in special education, Mrs. Dill is adept at assessing individual student needs and designing instruction to match the needs of all learners,” says Robert Hull, Director of Early Childhood Education for Putnam County. “In addition, Mrs. Dill is a strong proponent of parental involvement and uses all resources at her disposal to bridge the gap between home and school.”

Dill, who has been a teacher for 19 years, has a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Virginia State College and a Master or Arts Degree from Marshall University.

Arch Coal in the nation’s second largest coal producer. Arch employs about 2,000 people in West Virginia. Arch Coal is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and makes its corporate headquarters in St., Louis, Mo.