University of Wyoming Lab School’s Teresa J. Strube Receives 2014 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Gillette, WY (May 7, 2014) – Award-winning teacher Teresa J. Strube said this quote from former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca captures her spirit of teaching. “In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers, and the rest of us would settle for less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.”  

“I strive to engage my students in meaningful, worthwhile, memorable and real-life learning projects because I know this will instill critical-thinking skills, confidence and a desire for life-long learning,” Strube explained. “While I am passionate about my subject area, I know that development of the whole child is essential for a productive future.”  

As a result of Strube’s ability to inspire 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.”  

Strube teaches math and science to sixth- through ninth-grade students at the University of Wyoming Lab School in Laramie. She has 18 years of teaching experience. “Students need a school environment where they can confidently contribute their thoughts, ideas, opinions and insights, and where they will feel valued for their unique contributions,” Strube said. “For this to happen, they need a safe place to learn – an environment that is accepting and tolerant. The opportunity to learn from their mistakes and those of others is invaluable.”  

“I wasn’t particularly looking forward to having geometry. However, it has been one of my favorite math classes,” said Adam Leduc, a student at the lab school. “Mrs. Strube is a very unique teacher. She comes in every day ready and willing to teach. She always wants to make sure that her students leave with new information. That is why her classes are fun: You learn in them. Mrs. Strube has become one of my favorite teachers.”  

Strube holds a bachelor’s degree in science with endorsements in chemistry, biology and general science and a master’s degree in natural science from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she is pursuing an additional bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the university. Strube is National Board Certified in adult/young adult science, and is trained as a National Board Candidate Support Provider. She serves as a student teacher mentor and her advisory students annually complete a service project in the community. She participates in P.E.O., a philanthropic educational organization that provides loans, grants and scholarships to women who are seeking to further their education, and the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher association.

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  

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