Mandy Manning teaches immigrant and refugee children in Spokane, Washington. She is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. TFK’s Lina Mai spoke with her about Manning’s goals as an educator.
It’s really a privilege because there are so many amazing educators out there. You can see great things happening in so many classrooms. It’s an honor to be able to advocate for our educators and schools.
My students come from all over the world. I have the honor of learning different ways of thinking, being, and doing from them.
The challenges of working with immigrants and refugees are much like the challenges of working with kids born in the United States. It’s about getting to know students as individual people. And it’s about having different people in the same room and teaching every single one of them.
The privilege of being an educator is that we get to impact students every single day. I’ve seen so many of my kids go on to such great things.
It made me open to new experiences and different types of people. Also, I experienced what it was like to go to a place that was different and adjust to the expectations of a new culture.
My students come in brand-new to this country. I get to give them the confidence and skills to move forward. I’m their first teacher in the U.S., and that’s really cool.
I really encourage them to take the time to focus on their classroom and get to know their kids. Hope lies within our kids.
The more good we put out in the world, the more good we will see and receive.