NTOY Program

Connecticut Teacher Named 2016 National Teacher of the Year

Washington, D.C. (April 28, 2016) - The Council of Chief State School Officers today announced that Jahana Hayes, a high school history teacher in Waterbury, CT is the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.

Hayes teaches at John F. Kennedy High School, but the community is her classroom. Connecting lessons learned in school to real life is an integral part of her instruction. Hayes seeks to send students into the world not just academically prepared but as conscientious and productive members of society.

"I am honored to be the 2016 National Teacher of the Year," Hayes said. "In the course of the next year, I hope to stoke a national conversation about education that is inclusive of everyone. I want to engage people who have not traditionally been part of the conversation to join in this important effort to prepare well-rounded students for success in life." - Read more

About the National Teacher of the Year Program

The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.

Meet Jahana: 2016 National Teacher of the Year

Jahana Hayes was named 2016 National Teacher of the Year on April 28, 2016

News

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National Teacher of the Year

Listing of the National Teachers of the Year

State Teachers of the Year

Every year organizations in each state choose a worthy teacher to represent the state. Check out the exceptional teachers that became the State Teacher of the Year.

State Program Coordinators

Listing of the State Program Coordinators

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Program Sponsors

The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with the Voya Foundation.