HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - The West Virginia Teacher of the Year received a hero's welcome at her school in Berkeley County Monday afternoon.Erin Sponaugle recently was honored by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for her accomplishment. On Monday, the students at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Hedgesville greeted her with hugs and high fives. It was her first day back since she received recognition from the governor during the State of the State Address last week.
She was given $5,000 and a new Toyota. The fifth grade teacher said all the attention has been amazing.
"It's surreal. As teachers we don't expect to be recognized for the things we do in our classrooms each day," said Erin Sponaugle. "There are many wonderful people in this profession that go above and beyond to do wonderful things for our students, so to be recognized is very humbling."
Sponaugle will attend a conference for all the Teachers of the Year from all 50 states next week in Phoenix, Arizona.