Five teachers in Utah's coal country will be eligible for awards of $3,500 apiece in the seventh annual Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program.
The competition is open to teachers in Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties, the main areas impacted by the operations of Arch Coal's Utah subsidiary, Canyon Fuel Co. LLC. The company is Utah's largest coal producer, extracting 11.5 million tons of coal in 2011 from three mines Sufco, Skyline and Dugout Canyon. That accounted for 58 percent of the state's total last year, 19.8 million tons.
"Outstanding teachers have such a positive influence on our lives, but we often forget to thank them for all they do," said Ken May, general manager of the Sufco mine outside of Salina. "The Teacher Achievement Awards program provides a way for community members to recognize those excellent teachers who helped shape their lives."