2016 National Teacher of the Year Recognized by City of Bridgeport

The University of Bridgeport will celebrate the presentation of the “Key to the City” to a 2014 School of Education graduate on September 14 when Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim acknowledges alumna Jahana Hayes, recipient of the prestigious 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award, during a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center.

The Council of Chief State School Officers awarded Hayes with the title of National Teacher of the Year this past spring, and President Obama honored her at the White House in May. Hayes was chosen for her ability to inspire at-risk students to seize academic and civic opportunities. She currently teaches government and history at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, where she was raised. Hayes earned her Sixth-Year Degree from UB in 2014.

“Ms. Hayes goes above and beyond for her students and her community, and is a shining example of what an educator should be,” said Mayor Ganim. “I am thrilled to award her with a key to the City of Bridgeport and know that she will continue to be an inspiration to both students at UB and to the teachers we are honored to have within our public school systems.”

UB School of Education Dean Allen Cook said: “Jahana Hayes is the kind of teacher young people remember long after they’ve graduated. Her dedication to her students’ success–profound and inspiring—has made her a transformative force in the classroom. She exemplifies the best of the profession, and we are immensely proud that Mayor Ganim will honor her accomplishments with the key to the city.”

Mayor Ganim’s gifting of the “Key to the City” to Hayes represents a succession of positive recognition for the city of Bridgeport and its educational institutions.

About University of Bridgeport

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Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu