National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 NAAC annual conference. Manning teaches English to newly arrived immigrants and refugees at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, where she uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. Manning has hosted more than 160 teaching candidates in the Newcomer Center at Ferris High and district leaders, school board members and legislators are frequent visitors to her classroom. A Nationally Board Certified educator who has been teaching for 18 years, Mandy Manning started in education as paraeducator and then became a teacher through an alternative certification program at West Texas A&M University.
As the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Manning will spend a year traveling nationally and internationally to represent educators and advocate on behalf of teachers. For insight into Manning’s work to impact policy at the state level, read her blog post on Giving Students Voice in State Government.