Volz sponsors resolution recognizing Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

Recently, the state House adopted a resolution sponsored by State Rep. Mike Volz recognizing Washington's 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning. Manning and three of her former students attended yesterday's ceremonies in the state House chambers in Olympia, as well as spoke with members of the House Education Committee.

Manning has been teaching for 19 years, 10 of those being in Spokane Public Schools. She currently teaches at south Spokane's Ferris High School's Newcomer Center, which features a program to equip high-school-aged refugee and immigrant children with the foundational English, basic reading, and English for math needed to transition to mainstream classrooms. It also helps students get acquainted with their communities and acclimated to their new homes. This year, the Newcomer Center has students from Iraq, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Sudan, Burma/Myanmar, Chuuk, Syria, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Volz, who visited with Manning and her students in the fall, applauded the impact Manning has had on her students, both in the classroom and beyond.

“She is an asset to not only Spokane-area students, but to our entire state,” said Volz, R-Spokane. “In addition to teaching her students the skills to be successful in a mainstream classroom, she has also helped them build confidence and connect with their communities. The three former students she brought with her to Olympia are a testament to her dedication, and the lasting impacts and positive influence Mandy has had in the lives of her students.”

Jeff Louissant, a former student of Manning's who is currently studying sociology at Whitworth University, called the Newcomer Center 'a building block,' crediting Manning and the program with helping him learn English.

Other students who joined Manning in Olympia yesterday were Safa Mohammed and Asraa Ahmed, who both are attending Eastern Washington University.

The Teacher of the Year is selected annually from 10 regional finalists from across the state. Manning is also one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year, who will be announced by the end of April.

The text of the resolution, HR 4657, is below:

WHEREAS, The Washington State Teacher of the Year is selected annually from ten regional finalists from across the state; and
WHEREAS, The Teacher of the Year has earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues, is an expert in their field, guides students to excellence, and collaborates with colleagues, students, and families; and
WHEREAS, The Teacher of the Year demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning; and
WHEREAS, The Teacher of the Year represents Washington State at all required National Teacher of the Year events, serves as the Teacher-in-Residence for Washington's Teacher of the Year Program, and is a member of the Washington Teacher Advisory Council; and
WHEREAS, The Teacher of the Year responds to and fulfills Teacher of the Year speaking requests, identifies, plans, and executes one statewide initiative, designs and executes a personal communication plan, and networks with statewide, teacher preparation programs; and
WHEREAS, The honor of being named Washington State Teacher of the Year is representative of teaching excellence in Washington State schools and the dedication of the teachers, administrators, and families for student success in learning;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives demonstrate its deep respect and appreciation for the 2018 Washington State Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning, of Spokane School District 81 for her 19 years of teaching excellence, and broader service to society as both a Peace Corps volunteer and an international school instructor; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize the value and dedication of all Washington State educators embodied in this most prestigious award; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to Mandy Manning, the 2018 Washington State Teacher of the Year, and to The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


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