Education

Douglas High School’s Lisa Lorraine Pingrey Receives 2014 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Gillette, WY (May 7, 2014) – Coaching high school athletes during her college days convinced Lisa Lorraine Pingrey that she needed to pursue a career in teaching. “I truly enjoyed sharing my knowledge with them,” she said. “I also felt a sense of accomplishment when they understood and used what I was sharing with them. Watching them succeed was very gratifying.  

“This sense of accomplishment is what still motivates me,” Pingrey continued. “I truly enjoy students’ inquisitive thinking in class, and I love to see them succeed. When students are faced with activities that challenge them, and I watch them develop their understanding of the concepts, it truly invigorates my teaching.”  

As a result of Pingrey’s ability to challenge her students, she received statewide recognition today. She was one of only 10 teachers to receive a 2014 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. John W. Eaves, Arch Coal president and chief executive officer, made the announcement during a ceremony at Campbell County High School in Gillette. He was accompanied by Gov. Matt Mead, First Lady Carol Mead and Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter. This is the 14th year the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards have been presented in Wyoming. It is the longest-running, privately funded teacher recognition program in the state.  

“We’re honored to recognize the 10 outstanding Wyoming teachers who were named as this year’s recipients of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards,” Eaves said. “Collectively, these 10 individuals represent all of the teachers statewide who are committed to making Wyoming thrive through educational excellence. Individually, they have a thirst for knowledge and a passion for teaching children, and they work tirelessly each day to help their students succeed. For this, we applaud them.”  

Pingrey teaches chemistry to juniors and seniors at Douglas High School. She has 17 years of teaching experience. “My teaching philosophy consists of providing the best opportunity for students to learn based on their unique individual needs,” she said. “I believe that students need to be immersed in an educational environment conducive to their learning styles. It is important to value the uniqueness of the individual, foster the development of the learner and promote educational practices that satisfy their needs.”   “Mrs. Pingrey has affected my life both inside and outside the classroom,” said Tatum Seebaum, a Douglas High School student. “She has taught me essential lessons that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Mrs. Pingrey is an articulate and dedicated educator. Her most valuable characteristics as a teacher are her kind heart and open ears. Mrs. Pingrey’s understanding of her students is one of the main reasons her teaching technique is so effective in the classroom.”  

Pingrey holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and biology and secondary education from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S. D., and a master’s degree in science education from Montana State University in Bozeman. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Pingrey has received multiple awards, including the Custer School District Teacher of the Year Award and the United States Department of Education American Star of Teaching Award for South Dakota. She has presented at a number of workshops and conferences, including the Wyoming Best of the Best Conference, the Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference in New Orleans, and the Technology and Innovation in Education Conference in Rapid City, S.D. Pingrey is a volunteer soccer and baseball coach for the local YMCA, is a 4-H leader and has worked with the Converse County Conservation District on the Crazy for Conservation Day.

Teachers are nominated by the public, and a blue-ribbon panel of past awards recipients selects the annual winners. Each Teacher Achievement Awards recipient is presented with a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal cash award.  

The Teacher Achievement Awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and are supported in program promotion by the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Education Association, the Wyoming library community, Taco John’s and Loaf ‘N Jug stores.

Arch Coal and the Arch Coal Foundation have a long history of supporting educational and community causes in Wyoming. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grants programs in West Virginia and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes. Information about each of today’s 10 Wyoming recipients, as well as past recipients, is posted at archteacherwards.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 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 Thunder Basin Coal Company, which employs nearly 1,800 people in Wyoming, operates the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines. For more information, visit archcoal.com and responsible.archcoal.com.