Salina Elementary School’s Anderson Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award
GUNNISON, Utah (May 8, 2013) – Kathy S. Anderson trained to be a teacher at a young age. “Teaching for me began when I was a child living in the home of my parents,” she said. “I was the oldest child in my family, and teaching my younger siblings came quite naturally. Learning came relatively easy for me. However, I soon discovered that school wasn’t easy for everyone.
“When it was time for me to attend the local university and decide on a field of study, elementary education seemed an appropriate major,” she continued. “My goal was to be a positive, loving teacher with a well-disciplined classroom, who would build self-esteem and make learning fun. Being a teacher has given me the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve done something worthwhile every day to strengthen future generations.”
As a result of her success in the classroom, Anderson received recognition today. She was one of only five teachers to receive a 2013 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Paul Lang, Arch Coal executive vice president and chief operating officer, made the announcement during a ceremony at Gunnison Valley High School. He was accompanied by Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Utah Education Association President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh. This is the seventh year the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards have been presented to teachers from Utah’s Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties, which surround the Sufco, Dugout Canyon and Skyline mines operated by Canyon Fuel Company LLC, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.
“Arch Coal is proud to recognize the recipients of this year’s Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards,” Lang said. “These educators challenge and inspire our children to explore and to dream. They are passionate about their jobs and generously share their abilities with their communities, and they lead by example to help children succeed.”
Anderson teaches first-grade students at Salina Elementary School. She has 24 years of teaching experience. “I believe that all children are smart at something, and as educators, we must find a way to help them discover what that is and what they can become,” she said. “Words are reciprocal: Whatever we tell children they are, they will become. They’ll mirror our expectations. Every day I tell children how smart they are. It motivates them to work hard to succeed.”
“Kathy Anderson is a one-of-a-kind educator,” said Anne Marie Miller, a parent whose three children were taught by Anderson. “Kathy is someone who has incredibly high expectations for her students and does whatever it takes to ensure all of the students feel success. I have been incredibly grateful for the influence she has had on all my children. She has taught them to expect more from themselves than what is just required. She is truly an amazing teacher in every sense of the word.”
Anderson earned a bachelor of science degree in child development and elementary education with a minor in language arts, and a master’s degree in elementary education from Utah State University in Logan. She also has accumulated hundreds of hours of additional training through workshops in reading, writing, math, science, music, physical education, behavior management and technology. She has served on the district’s Language Arts and Reading Adoption committees, and on the school’s Hiring Committee and Community Council. Anderson also has worked with the Utah Office of Education writing test questions for end-of-the-year tests, and mentored a number of student teachers in her classroom. She has served as a Ward Relief Society president, working with families in need, and as a Stake Relief Society president, providing meals for missionaries. She also has worked with others to plan and organize an emergency preparedness fair and to publish an emergency preparedness manual to assist families with disaster planning.
Each Teacher Achievement Award recipient receives a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal cash award. Nominations for the award 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 teacher recognition awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation. Longstanding supporters of the program are the 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, AmericanWest Bank, radio stations KMTI, KLGL, KMGR, KSVC, KWUT, KOAL, KARB, KRPX, and Market Express, TacoTime and Bookcliff Sales in Price.
The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition and grants programs in Wyoming, West Virginia and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes.
Information about each of the award 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. Arch Coal’s Canyon Fuel Company is Utah’s largest coal producer, with a workforce of more than 700. Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in Utah. For more information, visit archcoal.com.