Welcome to my virtual classroom! I have been a teacher for thirteen years and have enjoyed teaching Public Speaking, English and Journalism classes along with coaching wrestling.  In 2012 and 2014 I ran for the Idaho Legislature because I am passionate about doing right by kids and schools. I currently serve as a trustee on a school board in a  neighboring Treasure Valley school district.

I am a freelance writer that loves to write op-eds and engage in the political arena where I have been very active the past few years as I mentioned.  I truly believe the old saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword."  As your teacher, I get to practice what I preach when it comes to giving speeches, whether it's at an event or board meeting, press conference or town hall.  I hope that my experiences with public speaking will help inform your ability to speak, listen and think in a variety of situations as you learn to understand democracy and the democratic republic in which we live.

This is my first ever classroom website, so if something isn't working for you here, please let me know. I want to make this website maximally effective to best help you!

How to use this site:

On the navigation bar to the left, be sure to know that the inverted triangle means you can expand your options. This is especially important with the HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS and PUBLIC SPEAKING UNITS sections. You can click the triangle to open up all the units and click directly on the unit link.

I will also be putting important documents for class into the DOCUMENTS and SPEECH VIDEOS sections. If you need to get a hold of me, please click on the CONTACT section. If you want to check your grade for the class, click on INFINITE CAMPUS.

Last but not least, one of the best features of a Google site is the search option. If you want to find something in particular, type what you're looking for in the search box at the top and it will show you where on the site to find it!

Other things you can find on this site:
  • Course-specific calendar
  • Speech Videos
  • Class rules/guidelines (Course Page and/or documents pages within courses)
  • Course-specific documents (Course Pages)
  • Unit Overviews (Unit Pages)
  • Unit Speech Assignments (Unit Pages)
  • Unit-specific video links (Unit Pages)
  • Assignments (Unit Pages)
Again, if you are unsure where to find something, type the name or subject into the search box at the top and it should come up!


  • Homework 8/25 Your first assignment is twofold:1) take home your class syllabus and review it with your parent or guardian.  Your parent needs to sign the form, provide their email address, and you return the form to me.2) bring a 3-ring binder with 5 dividers, loose-leaf paper and spiral notebook.
    Posted Aug 26, 2014, 4:19 PM by Travis Manning
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