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Weatherford Elementary School's Erika Manning Named Region 10 Teacher of the Year

August 9, 2016

Plano ISD's teachers of the year – Erika Manning, Weatherford Elementary instructional specialist, and Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High School mathematics teacher – were honored on August 9 at the Regional Teacher of the Year award luncheon at The Atrium in Garland, Texas. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Binggeli was in attendance as were school administrators: Ben Benavides, Weatherford Elementary Principal and Glenn Davis, Plano Senior High School Associate Principal, as well as the honorees' spouses, Jeff Manning and Ellen Yee. As part of the celebration, Erika was named Region 10 2016-17 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Erika Manning receives her award plaque and a hug

Erika Manning receives her Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year plaque and a hug

Attending the awards luncheon were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli, Ben Benavides Weatherford Elementary Principal, Erika Manning Weatherford Elementary Instructional Specialist and PISD and Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Bryan Yee Plano Senior High School Mathematics Teacher and PISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and Glenn Davis Plano Senior High School Associate Principal

Erika's message to her students, "...is that no matter where they come from, no matter what their economic or family background is, each and every child in my classroom is treated the same.” Truly Erika is a teacher that continues to remind us what excellence in teaching is all about.

In her 2016 Teacher of the Year application, Erika had this to say about her teaching philosophy, “Teaching is about building a strong relationship with my students and their families. Parents entrust their children to me, and it is my honor to be their guide and mentor in a safe and protected environment. To know a child is to be a part of their lives.”

Congratulations to Erika for this well deserved honor.

Erika Manning and Dr. Brian Binggeli at the awards luncheon

Dream Team Region 10 Logo

Erika Manning and Dr. Brian Binggeli


Read all about Erica in our 2016 Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Gala tribute. Gala videos and information about our Plano ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Brian Yee and the "Excellence in Teaching" award winners for 2016 can be viewed on our 2016 Teacher of the Year Gala website.

Erika Manning and Bryan Yee

Plano ISD's Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, Erika Manning and Bryan Yee pictured at the Region 10 Teacher of the Year awards luncheon

Dr. Binggeli, Erika Manning, Bryan Yee and Board President Miissy Bender at the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Gala in May, 2016

Superintendent Dr. Brian Binggeli, Erika Manning, Bryan Yee and Board President Missy Bender pictured at the 2016 Teacher of the Year Gala held in May at Plano Centre and attended by approximately 1,300 guests

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