Education

Lovell High School’s Caleb Sanders Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

GILLETTE, Wyo., April 30, 2015 – “Seeing kids get stuck in the doldrums continues to be a motivating factor for my involvement and love of education,” said Caleb Sanders. “The doldrums are areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans where there are no wind or water currents to carry your vessel. It is a metaphor for stagnation and lack of motivation that traps people, including our students.

“I truly want to help kids one at a time to get their ships moving,” he continued. “I want to inspire and motivate them to move in a direction that will bring them lasting success, even if it just means getting them to paddle with their arms. Don’t wait for the wind – make a decision right now to move your vessel in a direction where your goals are located!”

As a result of Sanders’ ability to motive his students, he received statewide recognition today. He was one of only 10 teachers to receive a 2015 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. John W. Eaves, Arch Coal’s chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement during a ceremony at Paintbrush Elementary School in Gillette. He was accompanied by Gov. Matt Mead and Wyoming Education Association Executive Director Ron Sniffin. This is the 15th 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 these 10 outstanding Wyoming classroom teachers for their long hours and great professionalism, which provide a high-quality education for the students of the state,” Eaves said. “They exemplify the spirit and dedication of teachers throughout Wyoming who continually adapt to new teaching methods, technologies and curriculum while striving to help their students achieve heights they never thought possible. We applaud them for their efforts and congratulate them on today’s achievement.”

Sanders teaches American history, world geography, physical education and health at Lovell High School. He has 12 years of teaching experience. “Our time as educators can be filled with so many things that it is easy to get lost in a collection of wasteful or unproductive moments,” he said. “My teaching philosophy is to make sure that I love God, love myself, love what I teach and love who I teach. I find that if I do these things everything else seems to fall in place.”

“Caleb’s passion for history and teaching inspires not only his students, but also the staff that he works with,” said School Counselor Tawnya Teter. “In the past, my office was across the hall from Caleb’s classroom. I always heard passionate, engaging, intellectual and stimulating classroom discussions. I would be so curious about what his class was learning that day that I would take a chair to the back of the class and listen.”

Sanders earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and he is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling. Sanders has created classroom debate books for world history, geography and American History, which are being distributed by a major company to teachers across the country, and he is working on producing a mock trial series for the English classroom. He is chairman of the high school’s building intervention team, and was named Big Horn School District No. 2 Educator of the Year for 2012-2013 by the Lovell Chamber of Commerce. Sanders is a Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop and he is actively involved with local youth through the Byron Recreation Organization. He resides in Byron, Wyo.

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. The company controls more than 5 billion tons of high-quality metallurgical and thermal coal reserves, with access to all major railroads, inland waterways and a growing number of seaborne trade channels. 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.