Bain Elementary School’s Magen Seeley-Marotz
Receives Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award
Cheyenne, Wyo., May 2, 2016 –For Magen Seeley-Marotz, the love of teaching was in her genes. “My maternal grandmother, mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, cousin, and I are all educators,” she said. “All of these people greatly influenced me in my decision to choose teaching as a profession. However, it was my paternal grandmother who was truly my inspiration.
“My grandmother never graduated from high school, but her desire and expectation to be a lifelong learner was as strong when she was young as when she was 99 years old,” she continued. “She kept a high school algebra book in her living room and would randomly open the book to a set of problems to solve. She mastered email and surfing the web. Her example of always being open to learning new things was something that I respected from a very young age.”
As a result of Seeley-Marotz’s dedication to a high standard of learning, she received statewide recognition today at a student assembly held at Bain 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 Magen Seeley-Marotz 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.”
Seeley-Marotz teaches fifth grade at Bain Elementary School in Cheyenne. She has 16 years of teaching experience. “I believe that the most important things I do for my students are to hold them to high expectations and be consistent,” she said. “They know that I will not give up on them nor will I lower the bar. I thoroughly believe that students rise to the level of achievement that is expected, so I set that bar high. I also believe that consistency is important. When students know that you are going to treat all of them consistently, they see that the expectation is the same for all students and no excuses will suffice.”
“Magen goes above and beyond to meet the needs of students at Bain Elementary,” said Clistie Pollock, intermediate resource special education teacher. “Magen has an excellent rapport with her fifth-grade students and their parents, which sets the stage for academic achievement in her classroom. She goes out of her way to create a setting where learning is alive and students are encouraged to take risks.”
Seeley-Marotz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Idaho State University in Pocatello, and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Seeley-Marotz is active in the Philanthropic Education Organization, which supports educational opportunities for women worldwide, serving as vice president and helping with scholarship fundraising efforts. She also co-sponsors the school’s Student Council, which conducts various community service projects each year such as raising funds for the American Red Cross and for a local cancer treatment center and providing meals for needy students during the holidays.
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 producer 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.