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2018- Resolution to Honor 2018 State and National Teacher of the Year

Resolution to Honor 2018 State and National Teacher of the Year Ms. Mandy Manning

In honor of Mandy Manning, Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year;

Whereas , she teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane;

Whereas , she has taught students from around the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Malaysia, Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Mexico, and countries from South America; whereas , she has hosted over 160 teaching candidates in the Newcomer Center;

Whereas , at her school, Ms. Manning coaches fastpitch softball and girls’ basketball, advises the writing club, co-advises the Gay-Straight Alliance, and recently lead a push to re-evaluate her school’s PBIS implementation and wrote a revised plan that resulted in a 74% decrease in suspensions in the first year;

Whereas , Ms. Manning serves in numerous leadership roles including: serving on the Paraeducator Board; as a Global Fellow; as an NBCT, she serves as a Jump Start Trainer and cohort facilitator who encourages and guides teachers in their Board Certification; and by inviting district leaders, school board members, legislators, colleagues, future teachers, and community members into her classroom to experience the diverse environment at the Center;

Whereas , her dedication as a teacher for the last eighteen years has been shown by her tireless advocacy on behalf of her students;

Whereas , Ms. Manning daily shows her students that “they’re wanted, they’re welcome, they’re worthy of love, and they can accomplish and achieve everything they dream of;”

Therefore, be it resolved that the Washington State Board of Education honors the outstanding work of Ms. Manning and other exemplary educators who remain dedicated to our most important endeavor: preparing all students for college, career, and life.