The Arch Coal Foundation will become the title sponsor of the Utah Education Association's annual Excellence in Teaching awards, the UEA announced Wednesday.
For 2011, 10 winning teachers will be honored with $1,500 for their outstanding efforts that have significantly impacted the life of an individual child or group of children.
"On behalf of the Utah Education Association and our 18,000 teacher members, we express our gratitude to the Arch Coal Foundation for sponsoring the Excellence in Teaching awards recognition program," said UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh. "The generous support of the Arch Coal Foundation allows us to continue our tradition of recognizing the best and the brightest among Utah's teachers.
"At a time when teachers feel like targets of attacks from coast to coast, we are committed to honoring our teachers and sharing their stories in an effort to increase public awareness of the excellence found in classrooms across our state. The UEA/Arch Coal Foundation Excellence in Teaching awards provide a vehicle for promoting those stories," she said.
"The Arch Coal Foundation is very pleased to expand its teacher-recognition efforts in Utah," said Steven F. Leer, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Arch Coal, Inc. "The Foundation's support of the Utah Education Association's Excellence in Teaching awards enables us to recognize teachers statewide, in addition to continuing our annual teacher awards program in Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties." These four counties surround the Skyline, Dugout Canyon and Sufco mines operated by Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, Inc.
Teachers nominate fellow teachers for these peer-to-peer awards. The awards will be presented at the "Superstars in Education" banquet on Oct. 20 at Noah's (322 W. 11000 South, South Jordan) from 5:30-8 p.m. The banquet is held in conjunction with the 2011 UEA Convention & Education Exposition. The guest speaker for the banquet is Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. He will be joined in presenting the awards by Arch Coal President of Western Operations Ken Cochran.
Tickets for the awards banquet are $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight. Tickets can be ordered by contacting Meghan Latimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 801-266-4461.
The Excellence in Teaching awards, sponsored for the past 11 years by William and Pat Child, began in 2000. "I still remember the day at the UEA Convention when (William) Child announced his intent to provide these valuable awards to our members," said UEA Executive Director Mark Mickelsen. "Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Child, for more than a decade we have listened to moving and inspirational stories about Utah teachers who have gone above and beyond the normal call of duty to make a difference for society. We are gratified the Arch Coal Foundation has allowed us to continue this effort."
The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher-recognition or grant programs in Colorado, West Virginia and Wyoming, as well as a number of other education-related causes. Including the teacher awards program, Arch Coal and its Foundation support $1.4 million in education-related programs and charitable giving each year.