Keyed Up -- Katlin Thorsell gets acquainted with her new ride during her reign as West Virginia Teacher of the Year: a 2018 Camry.
When Katlin Thorsell makes her way across her home state to fulfill her duties as the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, she’ll travel in style in a 2018 Camry.
Use of the car during Thorsell’s one-year reign was made possible by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia (TMMWV) in collaboration with Central Atlantic Toyota and Toyota Financial Services. This is the 15th consecutive year that the Buffalo, West Virginia plant has partnered with the state’s Department of Education to help promote and support outstanding teachers.
“Educators are deserving of our utmost respect, and Katlin goes above and beyond for her students and community,” says TMMWV President Leah Curry in presenting the keys to the Camry to Thorsell in January. “On behalf of all our team members at Toyota, congratulations!”
In Gratitude -- TMMWV President Leah Curry thanks Thorsell for her commitment to her craft as an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor.
Thorsell is an agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor at Washington High School in Jefferson County. She also serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in her community, offering graduating seniors CPR and first aid training.
In addition to the stylish new wheels, Thorsell received checks totaling $10,000 from two other corporate partners: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia and Horace Mann Insurance Solutions. That will help make it possible for her to take a sabbatical during the current academic year so she can attend educational events and activities across the Mountain State.
The National Teacher of Year Award competition
was established by the Council of Chief State School Officers in 1952. Thorsell will represent West Virginia in the finals later this month.
“Katlin Thorsell is an outstanding example of the amazing educators we have throughout our great state,” says Gov. Jim Justice. “We must do everything in our power to support our teachers and recognize the critical role they play in shaping the lives of our students and the future of our state.”
By Dan Miller