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WV Teacher of the Year turning pandemic challenges into opportunities

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By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

January 26, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia 2021 Teacher of the Year Erin Anderson says some people have told her they feel sorry for her because she’s received a top honor during a pandemic but she says she believes it’s the perfect time to represent teachers.

Anderson, a fifth grade teacher at Tennerton Elementary School in Upshur County, was in Charleston Monday to pick-up the Toyota Rav4 she’ll have use of during the next several months and cash prizes. She was named Teacher of the Year back in September.

Anderson said the honor came at a perfect time, in spite of the pandemic.

“It distracted me from what could have been the stresses of the classroom. I’ve taken my best step forward. I’ve had to stay positive,” she said.

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