Mandy Manning, a high school teacher from Spokane, Washington, has been named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year.
What it means: An 18-year veteran educator, Manning teaches new immigrants and refugees English at Joel E. Ferris High School. She was selected from among the 54 state teachers of the year, including those from U.S. territories and the Department of Defense schools. Manning will spend the next year on a national and international tour speaking on behalf and representing teachers and the best of the teaching profession.
Why it matters: During a White House ceremony honoring Manning and all the state teachers of the year, Manning delivered handwritten letters from her students to President Trump. Though her award speech in the East Room was not open to the press as in years past, Manning afterward said, "My goal is to share my students' stories. My aim is to elevate my students' voices and be that vehicle for them. To send a message -- to not only my immigrant and refugee students but the LGBT community -- that they are wanted, they are loved, they are enough, and they matter.”