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Woman who educates teenage refugees named best teacher in US

Mandy Manning picked up her award at the White House from President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump has presented the US National Teacher of the Year award to an educator who leads a classroom for teenage refugees.

Mr Trump honoured Mandy Manning, who teaches at the Newcomer Centre at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington state.

The school specialises in English language development for new refugees and immigrant students.

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President Donald Trump, left, presents Mandy Manning with her award (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The president commended her passion and “incredible devotion” to teaching during brief remarks at a White House ceremony.

He said teachers like Ms Manning play a vital role in the well-being of the nation’s children, the strength of its communities and national success.

Ms Manning was accompanied by state teacher of the year winners.

Mr Trump has taken a hard-line approach to both legal and illegal immigration and for a period suspended the US refugee programme.

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