Education

Gilmer County High School’s Beall Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Charleston, W. Va. (March 5, 2012) – While “Ever since I was a little girl, ‘forcing’ my younger brother, Marty, to be my student, I have had the heart of a teacher,” says Tabby Beall. “Marty cried at first while attending my make-believe class, but eventually started asking me, ‘When can we play school?’ The nurturing and caretaking I showed Marty was and still is a strong part of my personality. I thrive on the mental stimulation and variety my profession affords me on a daily basis.

“Love of my subject matter is another force that brings me enthusiastically to the classroom day after day, year after year,” she adds. “Seeing a student light up when they grasp a concept of grammar, write a marvelous essay or connect with a character in a novel makes all of the planning, essay reading and patience worthwhile.”

Today Beall’s efforts yielded more worthwhile results. She was among only 12 teachers statewide to receive a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement at an awards ceremony at the Clay Center. He was accompanied by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) President Dale Lee.

“Tabby Beall believes every student can learn and that it is her obligation to meet the needs of every single teenager who passes through her door,” says Leer. “She realizes that it is a huge task, but says anything less is shortchanging the students she is there to serve.”

An 18-year teaching veteran, Beall teaches English/language arts and social studies courses at Gilmer County High School, Glenville. “We, as educators, have the monstrous task of training our student body for jobs that may not even have been invented yet,” says Beall. “In other words, we have to ensure that our graduates have had a well-rounded education that makes further training and education possible. They must speak and write well, know how to locate and assimilate new information, be competent mathematicians, work efficiently and effectively in groups as well as take personal initiative, and be comfortable using myriad types of technology.”

“Mrs. Beall has a genuine love of her subject that comes through each and every day in her teaching practices,” says Anita C. Roberts, school counselor and Beall’s colleague. “Her students strive to be the kind of students she tells them she knows they can be. One example I will never forget is the student who approached her after Thanksgiving break one year and apologized for the bloodstain on his copy of The Old Man and the Sea. He explained that he had taken his book in a tree stand with him, so he could read while deer hunting!”

Beall earned a bachelor’s degree at Glenville State College. She trained with the W.Va. Center for Professional Development to become a mentor teacher and also has earned three NIMS (National Incident Management System-FEMA) certificates. Beall has been inducted into Who’s Who Among American Teachers several times and has been named an Outstanding Educator by the W.Va. Governor’s Honor’s Academy. She has been a high school-level nominee in the RESA VII Exemplary Teaching Techniques Contest numerous times and was twice named Gilmer County High School Teacher of the Year. Beall has served as Gilmer County coordinator for the West Virginia Young Writers’ Contest for the past seven years and has been a member of the West Virginia Education Association throughout her career. She is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and helps proofread and align items for the WESTEST, WESTEST 2-Online Writing, and Acuity benchmarks tests through the West Virginia Department of Education. Beall took part in a nationally circulated video illustrating non-traditional teaching strategies titled, Who Took My Chalk? She twice received the Arch Coal Golden Apple Award and further supports her community through involvement in church, athletic and other community-betterment initiatives.

In addition to recognition, Teacher Achievement awardees receive a $3,500 unrestricted cash prize, a distinctive trophy and a classroom plaque. The West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, a foundation of WVEA, makes a $1,000 award to each recipient’s school for use with at-risk students.

The teacher recognition awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and supported in program-promotion by the West Virginia Department of Education, the WVEA and the West Virginia Library Commission. The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards is the longest running, privately sponsored teacher-recognition program in the state. Nominations are made by the public, and selection is made by a blue-ribbon panel of the teachers’ peers – previous recipients of the award.

The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition or grant programs in Wyoming, 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. In West Virginia, Arch Coal subsidiaries operate mining complexes at Beckley; Buckhannon (Imperial); Cowen (Eastern); Grafton (Tygart); Holden (Coal-Mac); Morgantown (Patriot); Philippi (Sentinel); and Sharples (Mountain Laurel).