Jahana Hayes, a social research instructor at John F. Kennedy high school in Waterbury, CT., was named the 2016 country wide trainer of the year on Thursday by means of the Council of leader nation facultyofficers (CCSSO).
Hayes, a member of NEA’s state and nearby and affiliates, the Connecticut education affiliation and the Waterbury instructors association, may be venerated through President Barack Obama at the Whiteresidence on countrywide instructor Day on can also three, at some point of countrywide trainerAppreciation Week.
“Jahana Hayes is a shining instance of the high-quality teachers who encourage their students to try for his or her desires and in no way surrender, irrespective of what card they’ve been dealt,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “On behalf of the countrywide training affiliation’s three millionindividuals — Jahana’s colleagues — we want to congratulate her on our profession’s maximumprestigious honor.”
Hayes’ career as an educator is going returned thirteen years with the most recent eleven years in Waterbury. She has taught world history, Roots of yank Citizenship, U.S. history, Civics & Geography, and African American records.
throughout her career, Hayes has been venerated time and time once more for her unwavering willpowerto her college students inside and outside the classroom – a dedication Hayes inherited from the academics who saw in her the capacity to conquer the abject poverty that surrounded her early life.
“instructors exposed me to a special world by using letting me borrow books to read at domestic and sharing tales about their college reviews,” said Hayes. “so many things that [teachers do] fall outdoor ofconventional coaching responsibilities. it is those instances while i am transformed into an guide, counselor, confidant and protector.”
certainly one of Hayes proudest accomplishments is her college students’ enthusiasm for network service.despite the fact that she to start with didn’t assume her paintings and have an effect on to increasebeyond the school room partitions, Hayes has always encouraged students to be active gamers in making their neighborhoods a better region thru multi-faceted carrier tasks for Habitat for Humanity, Relay for lifestyles and the yankee cancer Society. The delight that comes from watching “college studentstake ownership in their network is unmatched,” stated Hayes.
Hayes also served for seven years because the lead trainer for the district’s after-college programming, and has contributed to the district’s efforts to recruit greater minority instructors. in addition, Hayes, who mentors new teachers, is currently helping in setting up district-extensive mentorship applications.captivated with promoting coaching as a profession, Hayes has helped cozy offers to propose foreducation careers, especially for minority applicants.
“we’re extremely pleased with Jahana’s achievements and her unyielding ardour for all of her college students,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “She is devoted to the coaching career and committed to being the pleasant function model viable for her students.”
Having Hayes in Waterbury’s lecture rooms is a privilege no other district inside the country can tout, saidSuperintendent Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, and “the scholars of Waterbury are the benefactors.”
“She is a consummate expert who demonstrates each day that she certainly believes that the complexity of our paintings needs tapping into the information and enjoy of the collective rather than depending uponthe ones of the one person in fee,” said Ouellete.
Hayes will spend the next year touring the country to represent educators and suggest on behalf of publicschooling. As a main spokesperson for the coaching career, she hopes to inspire extra people to followher direction into the lecture room.
In her software to be named trainer of the year, Hayes wrote, “Being continuously faced with poor media perceptions surrounding coaching practices and a perceived lack of responsibility makes me an awful lotmore decided to be vocal and supportive of teachers and teaching as a career.”