CONGRATULATIONS to Erin Sponaugle, fifth grade teacher at Tomahawk Intermediate Middle School in Berkeley County, for being named the 2014 Teacher of the Year.
A 10-year teaching veteran, Sponaugle has a long list of accolades, including earning professional teaching certification, serving as mentor to other teachers, organizing the school's social studies fair and advisor to student council and the school newspaper.
For the honor, Sponaugle gets free use of a new Toyota for a year and cash awards from donors.
No doubt, the honor is well deserved for Ms. Sponaugle. And no doubt, there are many more like her.
There are about 21,000 public school teachers in West Virginia. Surely, the great majority of them are a "teacher of the year" to many of their students.
Any teacher who strives to share knowledge, who nurtures kids' natural curiosity, who inspires kids to learn more, who welcomes the sight of a classroom filled with teachable young minds, who has the remarkable patience to get through each teaching day and come back to do it again the next is a teacher of the year.
Congratulations - and a big thank you - to all of them.