A group of deserving teachers recently got the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama, but one woman seized the moment in the most unforgettable way possible.
On Tuesday, May 3, President Obama invited top educators from across the country to be honored for their extraordinary service in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Day. A portion of the day was dedicated to honoring 2016 National Teacher of the Year recipient Jahana Hayes of Waterbury, Connecticut. A long-time high school teacher, Jahna shared her story of how her own experience with becoming a teenage mother inspired her to want to teach.
As this years’ honoree, Jahana was pegged to introduce the POTUS to speak to the group of teachers and attendees for Tuesday’s ceremony, but she could barely contain her excitement when the time came. The clip of her priceless introduction has since gone viral and her overwhelming pride in President Obama will no doubt bring a smile to your face. See the video in full below.
Jahana plans to use her platform to call for better recruitment of minority teachers and advocate for service learning while continuing to remain dedicated to her students and encouraging them to dream big. President Obama attributed Jahana’s success as a teacher to her contagious enthusiasm and resilient spirit…..and we couldn’t agree more.