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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you all will join me in congratulating Spokane educator Mandy Manning, who was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. This honor was hard-earned and very much deserved

I first met Mandy last June when I took a tour of the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School, which equips immigrant and refugee students with the skills necessary to transition to mainstream classrooms. Seeing Mandy and her students in action was remarkable; her dedication to teaching our youth and the genuine interest she takes in the well-being of her students is evident from the moment you enter her classroom.

During the legislative session, I sponsored a resolution recognizing Mandy’s commitment to education and acknowledging her achievement of being named Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. I was honored to have Mandy and three of her former student join me in Olympia for the resolution’s adoption. Hearing from these students only confirmed the impression I got from sitting in on one of her classes a few months ago. The work Mandy and the Newcomer Center are doing have made lifelong impacts on the lives of their students.

Spokane educator Mandy Manning and three of her former students — Jeff Louissant, Safa Mohammed and Asraa Ahmed — join Rep. Mike Volz in Olympia for the adoption of a House resolution recognizing Manning’s accomplishments.

To learn more about Mandy’s latest honor, you can read:

She didn’t always want to be a teacher. Now this Washington educator is National Teacher of the Year (The Seattle Times)

Spokane’s Mandy Manning named National Teacher of the Year (MyNorthwest)

Meet the 2018 National Teacher of the Year: Mandy Manning (CBS News)


Mike Volz

State Representative Mike Volz, 6th Legislative District
427 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
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