Education

Union Elementary School’s Scott Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Charleston, W. Va. (March 28, 2013) – Brooke Scott didn’t select teaching as a career as much as she just stumbled into it. “I never answered a calling, never heeded a desire, or even gave a moment’s thought to teaching in my young life. My volunteerism in Special Olympics inspired my decision to venture into special education.  

“I spent the first 27 years of my career teaching special education students,” she continued. “My background as a special educator has proven beneficial in the regular classroom. Now I realize even more than ever that no classroom is ‘regular.’ Our classroom is a family, all learning from one another. Practicing what I preach, I emphasize helping and community in my classroom at all times.”  

As a result of her ability to build community, Scott received statewide recognition today. She was one of only 12 teachers to receive a 2013 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. John W. Eaves, Arch Coal’s president and chief executive officer, made the announcement during a ceremony at the Clay Center in Charleston. He was accompanied by West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) President Dale Lee. This is the 25th year the awards have been presented in West Virginia, and it is the longest-running privately funded teacher recognition program in the state.  

“Arch Coal is honored to recognize all 12 West Virginia winners of this year’s Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards,” Eaves said. “Educators are the foundation of a strong, successful state, and we’re proud to have supported a generation of great teachers with this longstanding award.”  

Scott teaches first-grade students at Union Elementary School in Buckhannon. She has 33 years of teaching experience. “As a teacher, I am obligated to model tolerance, empathy for one another and a respect for our fragile earth,” Scott said. “Children, too, need to have time to be just children. I have a responsibility to stop and listen to a child tell me an exciting story of what happened on the way to school or to notice a new pair of shoes. Each day I model behaviors that instill manners, kindness and a sense of social responsibility in all of my students.”  

“Brooke Scott is a genuine, no-nonsense individual who consistently demonstrates what it means to be ‘called’ to teach,” said Lynne Petrosky, a retired elementary teacher. “She immerses herself completely in activities involving her family, her students, her church and 4-H. In the classroom, Brooke brings the world to her students, finding creative and interesting ways to enhance the topic at hand.”  

Scott earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary and special education from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., and a master’s degree in educational administration from West Virginia University. She has served on Upshur County’s Teacher Leader Team and has participated with the student teaching program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has served as a literacy volunteer and Special Olympics organizer. Scott is an active animal advocate, fostering animals and volunteering in the local animal shelter. She serves as a youth leader for her church, and though this ministry is active in the local food bank, nursing homes and mission trips. Her involvement with 4-H provides opportunities to partner with both students and adults on beautification and other community projects.  

Each Teacher Achievement Award recipient receives a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal cash award. 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. 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 West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia Library Commission are longstanding supporters of the program.  

The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition or grants programs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.  

Information about each of today’s 12 recipients, as well as past recipients, is posted at archteacherawards.com.  

St. Louis-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the world’s top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, serving customers in 25 countries on five continents. Its network of mining complexes is the most diversified in the United States, spanning every major coal basin in the nation. In West Virginia, Arch Coal subsidiaries employ about 1,800 people. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in West Virginia. For more information, visit archcoal.com.