High School History Teacher in Waterbury, CT
A veteran history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, Jahana sees herself as an advisor, counselor, confidant and protector. She endeavors to fill the role her own teachers had in her life, guiding students to be their best selves and encouraging them to take ownership of their communities. For Jahana, being a teacher is a privilege and an opportunity to transform lives and foster a sense of social responsibility in the next generation. As the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and a spokesperson for the teaching profession, Jahana hopes to motivate more people to become educators and continue to carry out this important work. Jahana has taught for the past 12 years, 10 of which have been in her current role. She earned an Associate’s degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College, a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Arts from Saint Joseph University and a certification from the University of Bridgeport.
Introduction by the 2016 West Virginia State Teacher of the Year, Andrea Santos.
High School Spanish Teacher in Logan Co., WV
Andrea Santos began her teaching career in Logan County 23 years ago after she graduated Suma Cum Laude from West Virginia State University with a BS in Education and received a multi-subject education degree for foreign languages from Lee University. In 1995, she came to Logan High School as a Spanish teacher. During her time at LHS, she has also taught theatre and film appreciation and currently serves as the chair of the fine arts department. Not only has she been a valued member of the faculty of LHS for two decades, Santos’s passion for education has been instrumental in several projects throughout the county. She has served as the co-director for both the Coalfield Writers through the National Writing Project and the Logan County Secondary “Writing Across the Curriculum” team. Recently, Santos received an OEPA accommodation for creating the secondary education’s multi-cultural handbook “Unity and Diversity” which is used cross-curriculum throughout the county.