Erin Sponaugle is in her 15th year of teaching. She has been teaching 5th grade for 13 of those years at Tomahawk Intermediate School. Erin is a graduate of Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and is a National Board Certified teacher. In 2014, Erin was named the West Virginia Teacher of the Year, an adventure that took her to schools and colleges across the state, as well as to the White House to meet the president. She has lived her entire life 90 minutes from the nation's capital in Martinsburg, West Virginia, where she resides today with her husband.
In 2017, Erin founded Next Chapter Press as a means to begin writing and illustrating children's books. Although not a trained artist, she has always enjoyed drawing as a pastime. The Adventures of Berkeley the Bear is her first children's book.