Red Hills Middle School’s Lee Receives Arch Coal Achievement Award

RICHFIELD, Utah (May 2, 2012) – Madeline Lee became a teacher to inspire others to achieve their dreams, have a positive attitude and excel in life. “Teaching is a profession that allows me to have a significant impact on the lives of many individuals,” she notes. “Teaching unique students as a special education teacher is something that I enjoy, and my enthusiasm for being a lifelong learner is evident to my students.

“Teaching is an honorable profession where each day is new and full of promise,” Lee adds. “Not a day goes by where I don’t learn valuable lessons from my students. I feel privileged to work in a field that allows me the opportunity to serve others daily. Each individual student has made me grow and become a better person. I truly love my job!”

Lee has not only grown as a person, but as an educator as well. Today she was among only five Utah teachers to receive a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Arch Coal Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Lang made the announcement at Red Hills Middle School in Richfield. He was accompanied by Utah Education Association Executive Director Mark Mickelsen. This is the sixth year the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards have been made in Utah.

“Madeline Lee believes her job as a teacher is to let students know they all have unique talents and individual gifts and can become anything they want to be,” says Lang. “She tells them that with determination, a good attitude and self discipline, anything is possible in life.”

“I have had Mrs. Lee’s class for two years now. She is one of the best teachers I have had,” notes eighth-grade student Abigail Brinda. “One of the things I like about her class is that we get to read really good books. She always makes things fun and easy to understand.”

With seven years of teaching experience, Lee serves as special education learning coordinator and language arts teacher at Red Hills Middle School. “I am preparing future employees of America for jobs that don’t even exist yet,” she notes. “I encourage my students to practice being hard workers who will do whatever it takes to complete the task. Work habits practiced each day will be the work habits they have as adults.

“It is my job to emphasize to my students the importance of having a positive attitude in life,” Lee continues. “When we look at the good things in our lives and always remain positive, the outcome is always much greater. No matter what our circumstances or how hard things become, we have a choice in how we react and approach things. We have the power to determine our destiny.”

Lee earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, and early childhood special education endorsement at Utah State University, Logan. She also completed two-year training at Utah’s Teacher Mentor Academy. Lee serves as the school’s representative of the Local Education Agency, overseeing students’ individual education plans implementation. She is the seventh-grade team leader, organizing grade-level activities and the talent assembly. Lee also oversees honor roll recognition for the school. Earlier in her career, she had the opportunity to distribute books to children and educate parents on the importance of reading to their children at a very young age. She also organized community presentations through which parents could gain information and receive literature on parenting, health and nutrition. Lee further supports her community through involvement in health, human services, civic, church and other volunteer initiatives.

The Arch Coal Foundation’s teacher recognition program is available to classroom teachers in Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties. The counties surround the Skyline, Dugout Canyon and Sufco mines operated by Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of major U.S. coal producer Arch Coal, Inc. Each recipient receives a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal, cash award.

Partners for the program include the Office of the Governor, Utah State Office of Education, Utah Education Association, Utah School Superintendents Association, Carbon County School District, Emery County School District, Sevier County School District, North Sanpete School District, South Sanpete School District, Far West Bank, Market Express, radio stations KMTI, KLGL, KMGR, KSVC, KCYQ, KOAL, KARB, KRPX, and both TacoTime and Bookcliff Sales in Price.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is a top five global coal producer and marketer, and the most diversified American coal company, with more than 20 mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. In 2011, Arch continued to lead the U.S. coal industry in safety performance and environmental compliance among large, diversified producers. Arch’s Canyon Fuel Company is Utah’s largest coal producer and a large, state employer, with a workforce of more than 750.