Teacher wears pins for trans rights to accept award from

A woman who was awarded National Teacher of the Year by President Donald staged a silent protest during the ceremony by wearing pins in support of transgender rights and the Women's March. 

Mandy Manning, a Washington state teacher who leads a classroom for teenage refugees, also handed a stack of letters written by her students that talk about what coming to the US has meant to them. 

, however, did not mention the types of students Manning teaches during the White House ceremony on Wednesday honoring her and other winners.

Manning teaches English to new refugee and immigrant students from all over the world at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane. 

Mandy Manning, a Washington state teacher, wore a number of political pins when she was awarded National Teacher of the Year by President at the White House on Wednesday

'Teachers like Mandy play a vital role in the well-being of our children, the strength of our communities and the success of our nation,' said. 

'The job of a teacher is not only to instruct the next generation of workers but the next generations of citizens to teach our children to care for others, to think for themselves, to love their country, to be proud of our history and to be true pillars of their families and their communities.

'Her incredible devotion has earned her the adoration - total adoration, actually - and respect of students and colleagues throughout her school district, community and the entire state.'

Manning wore six pins on her black dress for the ceremony, including one of a Women's March poster, a Trans Equality Now badge and one in

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