Wheeling Park High School Teacher Earns Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award

Wheeling Park High School teacher JoAnn White, center, is named Monday as a 2017 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award Winner. She is shown with Wheeling Park High School Principal Amy Minch, left, and Arch Coal representative Russ Lorince.

Wheeling Park High School language arts teacher JoAnn White is one of only 10 West Virginia teachers to earn the 2017 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award.

White was presented with the award Monday in the school’s Phyllis A. Beneke Theater by Arch Coal Vice President of External Affairs Russ Lorince. She received a glass plaque and a check for $3,500 as her students and family watched.

Wheeling Park Principal Amy Minch, Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller and Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones were on hand at the presentation to congratulate White for her achievement.

White thanked Lorince and Arch Coal for the award. She also thanked her family members and students for attending the presentation.

White asked those in attendance to pray for Triadelphia Middle School teacher Erica Alexander, a 2016 Arch Coal winner, whose child is battling cancer. She also commended the teachers of Ohio County Schools after receiving the award.

“I truly believe our teachers are deserving of all 10 of the (Arch Coal) awards,” she said.

Lorince said the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award has been presented in West Virginia for 29 years. He said it is the longest-running privately funded teacher recognition program in the state.