2019 Keynote Speakers

Mandy Manning

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 a 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.

Chelonnda Seroyer

Chelonnda Seroyer began her educational career as a high school English teacher in Madison, Alabama.  She used Dr. Wong’s book, The First Days of School, as an “instruction manual” to set up her classroom.  At the end of her first year of teaching she was awarded the “Bob Jones First Year Patriot Award”.  After several more awards, in 2007 she was honored with the Toyota International Teacher Award.  She is also an Education News 2016 Upton-Sinclair Award recipient. Other 2016 recipients include Dr. Ben Carson, Stephen Colbert, and (posthumously) Elie Wiesel. Seroyer is a contributing author of the Harry and Rosemary Wong’s new book, THE Classroom Management Book and she is the only teacher that travels the world and shares the stage with Dr. Wong. In addition to speaking with the Wongs, she is also the President and CEO of Seroyer Educational Consulting Service and gives solo presentations both nationally and internationally for various school districts including in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, St. Thomas, St. Croix , and Canada.  She also works with new teacher programs such as the National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Pre-Service Teacher Institute and the Miami-Dade County School District’s Summer In-service program.  Always inspirational, Seroyer uses heartfelt stories to underscore the essence of how to teach and why we teach.