Spokane Educator Mandy Manning Named 2018 Teacher of the Year
OLYMPIA — September 11, 2017 — Spokane educator Mandy Manning was named Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony today at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal congratulated the Regional Teachers of the Year and announced Manning as the Teacher of the Year.
“Mandy Manning and the 2018 Teachers of the Year are among the most passionate and effective educators in our state," said Superintendent Reykdal. "These teachers lead by example and they represent the passion, professionalism, and effectiveness of our state's educators. With these educators in our schools, the future looks bright for our kids. We should all thank them for sharing their wisdom with their colleagues and our state's students."
Mandy Manning teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Ferris High School in Spokane. Mandy has the honor of being her students' first teacher in the U.S., and learning with them as they acclimate to their new home. She coaches fastpitch softball and girls basketball, advises the writing club, and co-advises the Gay-Straight Alliance. Mandy is also a powerful voice for policy in her building and district. She recently led a push to re-evaluate her school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) implementation and wrote a revised plan that resulted in a 74 percent decrease in suspensions in the first year.
Teacher of the Year sponsors support the program through cash awards to the finalists and donations to the program, which provides training and support throughout the year of recognition.
“She is a gift to our community,” wrote Assistant Principal John O’Dell of Spokane Public Schools. “No one better exemplifies commitment to professional practice, advocacy, community engagement, developing others, or supporting diversity more than Mandy.”
Kathe Taylor, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching, introduced the regional finalists before the Teacher of the Year was announced. OSPI and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession will provide professional development for all finalists.
The 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year are:
ESD 105 | Mt Adams SD | White Swan High School
ESD 112 | Camas SD | Camas High School
Capital Region ESD 113 | Olympia SD | Washington Middle School
Olympic ESD 114 | Chimacum SD | Chimacum High School
Puget Sound ESD 121 | Kent SD | Kent Elementary
ESD 123 | Richland SD | Hanford High School
North Central ESD 171 | Wenatchee SD | Wenatchee High School
Northwest ESD 189 | Darrington SD | Darrington High School
Read more about Mandy and the 2018 Washington Teachers of the Year on the OSPI website.
As the 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning will be considered for national Teacher of the Year, which is awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers. President Donald Trump will announce the winner in a special ceremony at the White House in the spring.
The selection committee includes previous state teachers of the year and representatives from the following organizations: the Washington State Board of Education; Washington Education Association; Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council; Black Education Strategy Roundtable; Washington State Parent Teacher Association; Equity in Education Coalition; Washington Association of School Administrators, and the Association of Washington School Principals.
Photos of each of this year’s finalists are posted on the OSPI education awards page.
More about Washington’s Teacher of the Year Program:
Teacher of the Year is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious teacher award program. It is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers and is presented by VOYA Financial. Washington’s program is supported by our Educational Service Districts, school districts, education organizations, a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and our business and nonprofit partners:
- Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession
- The Charles Beresford Company
- PEMCO Insurance
- Inspirus Credit Union
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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