Education

Cody High School’s Anderson Receives Arch Coal Achievement Award

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (April 13, 2012) – Stephany Anderson believes that academic success requires rapport between student and teacher. “I became a teacher to increase my effectiveness in enabling all teens to contribute to our society today and in the future,” she says.

Anderson not only went on to become a more effective teacher, but also to rank among Wyoming’s best. Today, she was one of only 10 teachers statewide to receive a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement during a ceremony at South High School in Cheyenne. Leer was accompanied by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Senator Mike Enzi, Representative Cynthia M. Lummis, and Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. This is the 12th year the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards have been made in Wyoming.

“Stephany Anderson is an effective teacher because she believes the key to student engagement is choice,” says Leer. “Students need to ‘buy in’ to the learning process by having a say in what they learn and how they demonstrate that knowledge.”

A 13-year veteran of the teaching profession, Anderson teaches world history courses for freshman students at Cody High School. “My classroom looks ‘lived in’ and sounds alive. Music, laughter, argument and conversation flow freely,” she says. “It is my hope that students work harder and talk more in class than I do.”

“Stephany Anderson is a phenomenal teacher, confidante, friend, counselor and many other greatly appreciated things,” notes Shannon Reeves, Anderson’s former student. “She was the major boost I needed from my freshman year of high school up to and throughout college. With the encouragement of Stephany through the last few years, I am now graduating from college. This kind of success is exactly what Stephany works toward every day with each of her students.”

Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree at Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn., and a master’s degree at Montana State University, Billings. She has achieved National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Certified Support Provider certifications and continues her education through a range of learning opportunities and conferences, including the National Council of Social Studies Conference as well as numerous others on teaching chronically disruptive students. She is a volunteer on the Building Intervention and Response To Intervention teams and mentors practicum students from the local community college. Anderson is a two-time recipient of the Arch Coal Golden Apple Award and has been selected for inclusion in Who’s Who. However, according to Anderson, her most satisfying achievements come from helping struggling students realize and reach their potential. Anderson mentors elementary, middle and high school students who participate in state and local historical contests. She further serves her community through participation in church, civic and extracurricular, education-related activities.

Each Teacher Achievement Award recipient receives a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal, cash award. Nominations of the teachers are made by the public, and selection is made by a blue-ribbon panel of the teachers’ peers, all former recipients of the Arch Coal award.

The Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming library community, Taco John’s and Loaf ‘N Jug stores are longstanding supporters of the program.

The Arch Coal Foundation also is a supporter of teacher-recognition programs in West Virginia, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.

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 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 Wyoming operations – Arch of Wyoming and Thunder Basin Coal Company’s Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines – have a combined workforce of more than 1,800.