Education

Dubois Elementary School’s  Janet Lee
Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Dubois, Wyo., May 11, 2016 – Janet Lee credits a patient father who was a natural teacher and a mother who loved reading for inspiring her career choice. “I was blessed with two wonderful parents who instilled a love of learning in our family,” she said. “Their curiosities and patient teaching were passed to me. Because of my parents, my direction was to be a teacher. I do love teaching and not once have I wished for a different occupation.

“Personal learning plus students’ excitement for learning continue to motivate me to teach,” she continued. “My students and I reach out and discover; we want to know and understand. I treasure their viewpoints that the world is fascinating and life is fresh and alluring. Sharing the desire to discover, make connections, and excitement when ideas link is contagious! Students are my inspiration!”

As a result of Lee’s ability to make learning exciting, she received statewide recognition today at a student assembly held at Dubois Elementary School. She becomes one of only 10 Wyoming teachers to receive a 2016 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. This is the 16th year the awards have been presented in Wyoming. It is the longest-running, privately funded teacher recognition program in the state.

“We are honored to present Janet Lee with an Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award in recognition of her dedication to the teaching profession and to ensuring the success of her students,” said John W. Eaves, chairman and chief executive officer. “She is among the many outstanding Wyoming classroom teachers who strive diligently each day to provide their students with a high-quality education. We congratulate them all for their professionalism and commitment to enriching the lives of their students and ensuring a bright future for the state.

Lee teaches fifth-grade students at Dubois Elementary School. She has 38 years of teaching experience. “I am dedicated to knowing each student and providing what is best for each child,” she said. “My students need a safe, caring and invigorating environment to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. I am committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages taking risks and welcomes various viewpoints.”

“Janet is one of the most talented, dedicated and enthusiastic professionals I have ever worked with,” said Dr. Gerry Nolan, former superintendent of Fremont County School District No. 2. “Janet is a master of both the science and art of teaching. She possesses a ‘can do’ attitude, remaining positive and diligent in the face of the most daunting tasks. Janet possesses a servant’s heart in anticipating the needs of the students she serves. She is the most compassionate teacher it has been my privilege to serve with.”

Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and has completed 40 additional hours of coursework at the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Iowa, Northeast Missouri State University and the University of Wyoming. She has earned National Board Certification and continues to attend a variety of educational courses. Lee also serves as president for the local Wyoming State Reading Council, is a member of the Adult Education Advisory Committee, a mentor for the Wyoming Congressional Award and is secretary for the local snowmobile club.

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

The Teacher Achievement Awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and are supported in program promotion by the Office of the Governor, the Wyoming Department of Education, the Wyoming Library Community, the Wyoming Education Association (WEA), Taco John’s and Loaf ‘N Jug.

“Teachers play a vital role in shaping the future,” said Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Their impact reaches not only their students and their school, but also their community and our state. I’m so proud to have a multitude of excellent educators in Wyoming and grateful that Arch Coal has supported teachers through this award for generations. Arch Coal is a wonderful partner in education and in recognizing, even in difficult times, the significant and valuable contribution made by these teachers.”

“The governor and legislators have made education a priority in Wyoming through investing in a great system and our Wyoming students; those dollars are paying off. Significant funding for K-12 comes directly from the mining industry and I would like to thank them for all they do to educate students in our state, as our students are truly our future. Recent reports show that Wyoming students lead the West, and the WEA is confident that support for a strong education in Wyoming will continue in the future,” said WEA President Kathy Vetter.

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. Information about Wyoming recipients, as well as past recipients, is posted at archteacherawards.com.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. is a top coal producers for the global steel and power generation industries, reliably serving customers worldwide. Its network of large-scale, low-cost 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 operates the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in Wyoming. For more information, visit archcoal.com.