CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A fifth-grade teacher from Berkeley County was named 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year at a Wednesday night ceremony in Charleston.
Erin Sponaugle, who has taught for 10 years, teaches at Tomahawk Intermediate School/Middle School. She has National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and serves as the advisor of her school's student council and school newspaper and organizes the school's social studies fair, according to a news release from the state Department of Education.
Sponaugle will receive an educational technology package valued at nearly $15,000, use of a Toyota car for a year and cash awards from Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Horace Mann Insurance for winning the award.
Other finalists were Jonna Kuskey of Marshall County, Meagan Cahill of Mercer County and Kimberly Cook of Nicholas County.