While many people who are receiving various awards have been refusing to meet with President Trump at the Whitehouse due to major disagreements on policy, the National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning saw the meeting as an opportunity. Manning teaches at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. She is passionate about her students, and she brought that passion with her to the Whitehouse.
First of all, Manning has a manila envelope ready to hand to President Trump. The envelope contained letters from her students and the community. This is significant because Manning teaches at the Ferris High Schools Newcomer Center. The Newcomer Center specifically teaches refugee and immigrant students. Manning teache English and Math to these students. Considering the steps President Trump has taken to eliminate programs allowing refugees and immigrants to enter the United States, the letters had a serious point to make. She wants President Trump to know the difficult circumstances her students came from, and how much they simply want to give back to the United States for the hope they have been given.
In addition to the letters, Manning made sure her wardrobe spoke as well. On her classic black dress, Manning wore badges supporting the Women’s March and the LGBTQ community. During her time at the Whitehouse, Manning also got to meet with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as well as Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta. Manning will have many more opportunities to advocate for her students, and others like them, as she will speak at more than 150 events throughout the year as part of her National Teacher of the Year duties.