Summit Elementary School’s Wayne Thomas Tuttle Receives 2014 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Gillette, WY (May 7, 2014) – When Wayne Thomas Tuttle talks about the C.I.A. in his classroom, he’s not referring to the nation’s intelligence agency. “In our class each day, we are building Community, celebrating Individuality and pursuing learning Adventures,” he explained.  

“Our classroom atmosphere is carefully grown on the idea that we are all on the same team,” Tuttle continued. “I consistently encourage students that they are incredibly unique, and I honor those things that make them special. Each day is a gift, and we never get that gift again, so I engage students in experiences that are fun activities that leave them wanting more.”  

As a result of Tuttle’s ability to build community with his students, he received statewide recognition today. He 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.”  

Tuttle teaches fifth-grade students at Summit Elementary School in Casper. He has 23 years of teaching experience. “Everything I do is about the children,” Tuttle said. “Test scores are important, and I work hard to help children see success, but my students are much more than test scores. In our class, we work to celebrate the unique strengths of each child.”  

“Wayne Tuttle has changed my life and the life of others,” said Katie Owen, a former student at Summit Elementary. “Mr. Tuttle has never let anything stop him from doing his best to prepare young minds for the world. He has helped me to become a better student and a better person. Mr. Tuttle brought out the good in every student and taught us to bring out the good in others. He sees potential in everyone, and that was so special to me.”  

Tuttle has a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University in State College, Pa. Tuttle has attended a number of Global Leadership Summits and is a member of the Summit Elementary leadership development team. He initiated the Leader in Me program, based on Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to build leadership skills in Summit Elementary’s students, which earned him a Medallion of Excellence from the Natrona County School District. He also received the Ellbogen Meritorious Elementary School Education Award from the district. Tuttle is active in his church in various leadership roles and has served as a mentor in a marriage ministry. In addition, he has participated in a number of fundraising events to help raise money for childhood cancer research.

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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