SPOKANE, Wash. — A teacher at Ferris High School in Spokane was named the 66th National Teacher of the Year Friday.
Mandy Manning teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students in the school’s Newcomer Center.
She is the second Washington State teacher to win the honor in the last six years.
Manning also won Washington State’s Teacher of the Year award last year.
Manning coaches fastpitch and girls basketball, advises the writing club, and co-advises the Gay-Straight Alliance.
According to the Office of the Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, she hosts new teaching candidates, district leaders, school board directors, and legislators in her classroom.
As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Manning will spend the next year traveling the United States and internationally as an ambassador for teachers and will share her belief that teachers should connect with students to better meet their needs.
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