Inspiration can be found everyday. As I’ve written before, teachers can be both sources of and spreaders of inspiration. Jahana Hayes was recognized as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. Her life began in the projects and it was her teachers that believed in her and inspired her to do something important with her life. Her teachers loaned her books to read at home and helped her to reach her potential. Now as a mother and teacher she inspires her students to make the most of themselves and to do things for others.
Becoming a mother at seventeen, may have delayed, but did not stop her from achieving her dream. She graduated high school, but spent the next several years with other pursuits. She then went to community college and then earned her four-year degree. She became a high school teacher in the same town she grew up in.
Jahana Hayes is a history/social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT. She was named the 2016 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and celebrated at the White House. She has been a teacher for over a dozen years. Hayes encourages her students to reach their potentials, but also to help others and their community. Her students become empowered by participation and active roles in service projects. Fundraisers and projects include ones for autisim, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, The American Cancer Society, and more.
Hayes has served as the lead teacher for her district’s after-school programming, recruited other minority teachers, and mentored other educators. As other winners of the top honor being named National Teacher of the Year have done, she travels the nation to represent teachers and advocate on behalf of public education. She believes in focusing on and encouraging what is good and working well for education.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!