SEATTLE (AP) — Undeterred by immigration politics, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year leads a Washington state classroom for refugees that runs on the same promise that’s both bestowed upon children and fuels newcomers to the American dream.
Mandy Manning’s selection was announced Friday by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Manning plans to use her new platform to spread a message of unity, urging President Donald Trump to be a president for everyone in the United States.
Manning for much of the past decade has taught at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. The center has a specialized English language development program for newly arrived refugee and immigrant students.
The award winner is generally recognized at a White House ceremony each spring.