Needham receives Arch Coal Achievement Award

“An old saying states that if you want to be remembered forever, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about,” notes Tammy Beth Needham.

“However, I believe there is another way to create your legacy, and that is by being a teacher,” she adds. “Teachers have the ability to touch the lives of so many students, and the distance of your impact has potential to reach the future.”

Although Needham had already ensured her legacy by becoming a teacher, she also achieved something worth writing about today. She was one of only 10 teachers statewide to receive a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement during a ceremony at South High School in Cheyenne. Leer was accompanied by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Senator Mike Enzi, Representative Cynthia M. Lummis, and Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill. This is the 12th year the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards have been made in Wyoming.

“Tammy Needham has advice for those considering the teaching profession – make sure it is your true passion,” says Leer. “She believes teaching is too crucial and challenging to be just a job. A true teacher’s work never ends.”

“Tammy is an example of what every educator should aspire to be. She cares deeply about all her students and differentiates her instruction to meet the needs of all students,” says fellow Sundance Elementary School teacher Shanna Kinnick.

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