Jessamine County Educator Named “Kentucky Teacher Of The Year”

Erika Webb, who teaches English at East Jessamine High School, is this year’s Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Webb, who will represent Kentucky in the National Teacher of the Year competition, received a check for $10,000 from Ashland Inc. and an art glass bowl.

“I’m no different than any other teacher who’s out there doing good work every day,” she says. “I think it was just one of those random things where I’m lucky enough to get honored. But, I’m nothing special. There are people working just as hard as I do, if not harder, day in and day out in Kentucky public schools.”

Ashley Forrest of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson County is the middle school teacher of the year and Sarah Wilder of W.R. McNeill Elementary in Bowling Green Independent schools is the elementary teacher of the year. Each received a check for $3,000 and a decorative vase. In all, 24 Teacher Achievement Award winners were honored in ceremonies at the State Capitol

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.