A Connecticut teacher just received the bragging rights of a lifetime.
Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, has been crowned the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. She received the special recognition at a White House ceremony with President Barack Obama last Tuesday.
Mrs. Hayes says she always dreamed of becoming a teacher, but her story of how she landed her dream job is incredibly inspiring. The odds of realizing her dream were stacked against her. She grew up in a housing project surrounded by poverty, drugs, and crime. She then became pregnant at 17.
She says if it wasn’t for her teachers who pushed her to graduate and pursue a college degree, she .
Now, she’s having the same effect on her students. It’s incredible to think how many lives she has changed and will continue to impact. Congrats, Mrs. Hayes!