"I am honored and excited to be the 2018 National Teacher of the Year," Manning said. "This year I hope to engage the nation in a conversation about how we can encourage students to experience things outside of their understanding. When we move out of our comfort zones, visit new places, listen to others' thoughts, and share our own opinions, we become compassionate and open. This is a first step in creating a more hopeful, safer, and kinder society where everyone can be productive, global citizens."
The Council of Chief State School Officers selection committee said, "Mandy is a strong educator who believes in a great public education for every student and has a unique perspective on meeting the needs of some of our nation's most vulnerable children. She is dedicated to empowering teacher leaders and putting people first. Her fierce belief in her students, unwavering commitment to their learning, and demonstrated efforts to ensure that they can be successful both in school and in life make her an exceptional educator and why we selected her to be the 2018 National Teacher of the Year."