Mandy Manning recently transitioned from a 21-year career as a classroom teacher to supporting educators as the Digital Content Specialist for the Washington Education Association. During her time in the classroom, most of those years Mandy taught English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Mandy used experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy encourages educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences. She is co-author of Creating a Sense of Belonging for Immigrant and Refugee Students.