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Spokane educator named 2018 Washington State Teacher of the Year

09/11/2017
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Mandy Manning, the 2018 Washington Teacher of the Year smiles during the award ceremony.
2018 Washington State Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning.

Spokane educator Mandy Manning was named Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year today.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal congratulated Manning and the other 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year at a ceremony in Seattle.

“Mandy Manning and the 2018 Teachers of the Year are among the most passionate and effective educators in our state," said 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." 

Manning teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Ferris High School in Spokane. Last year, Manning won Washington's 2017 NEA Foundation Award in Teaching Excellence.


The 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year are:

  • Jennifer Tenney, Mt Adams SD, White Swan High School 
  • Ethan Chessin, Camas SD, Camas High School 
  • Melissa Charette, Olympia SD, Washington Middle School 
  • Gary Coyan, Chimacum SD, Chimacum High School 
  • Denisha Saucedo, Kent SD, Kent Elementary 
  • Laurie Price, Richland SD, Hanford High School 
  • Jon Magnus, Wenatchee SD, Wenatchee High School 
  • Linne Haywood, Darrington SD, Darrington High School
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