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National Teacher Of The Year To Speak At Bridgeport Scholarship Dinner

Former President Barack Obama presented Connecticut teacher Jahana Hayes with the 2016 National Teacher of the Year award.
Former President Barack Obama presented Connecticut teacher Jahana Hayes with the 2016 National Teacher of the Year award. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Waterbury school teacher Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be the guest speaker at the 4th annual Daniel Trust Awards Dinner, an evening honoring top students and teachers in Bridgeport.

Twelve city seniors will receive $2,000 college scholarships from the Daniel Trust Foundation at the dinner to be held at 6 p.m. June 2 at Bridgeport Holiday Inn.

“Jahana Hayes’ personal story and advocacy for young people and educators make her a great role model for our scholarship recipients and teacher honorees,” said Daniel Trust, the foundation’s founder and CEO. “We are honored to welcome her as our keynote speaker at this year’s Daniel Trust Awards.”

This year’s student recipients are: Iffath Choudhury, Madsen Coridon, Denica Creighton, Dr’Andre Doval, Britney Galloza, Jolex Joseph, Madelyne Medina, Omar Lukole, Shanice Rochester, Sade Reid, Jackeline Sigua and Alitash Tertullien.

Each student will also honor a teacher who has been instrumental in his or her life.

As the 2016 National Teacher of The Year, Hayes travels the nation and the world advocating and representing the 3.5 million teachers in the United States. Last year, President Barack Obama honored her at a White House ceremony and she has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “CBS This Morning” and “Face The Nation.”

Hayes’s students describe her enthusiasm for her work as infectious. Over the last decade, she has taught World History, Roots of American Citizenship, U.S. History, Civics & Geography, and African-American History.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a master’s from the University of St. Joseph and a certificate of advanced study from the University of Bridgeport.

The foundation strives to support students from low-income communities with their educational and career needs and honors teachers who make a difference. To learn more about the organization or the event, visit .

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