The 2016 National Teacher of the Year Is All Smiles

2016 National Teacher of Year
2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes (2nd R) of John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT, has a hard time controlling her excitement after taking the stage with U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and her fellow state teachers of the year during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House May 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Obama talked about the influence and importance that each classroom instructor has on the lives of their students while honoring the teachers from all 50 states and U.S. territories. “Our teacher of the year here stands as proof that you can’t set expectations high enough for our kids,” Obama said at the ceremony. “There’s magic in those kids. We just have to find it.”

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