Mona Al-Hayani, a beloved history teacher at Toledo Early College and herself a product of Toledo Public Schools, has been named the 2019 Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Board of Education.
State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced the award at a school-wide assembly on Wednesday, September 26, surprising both students and staff members at Toledo Early College, an award-winning magnet school.
Ms. Al-Hayani received the State Board District 2 Teacher of the Year award in August and was one of four regional winners to be interviewed by a panel in Columbus. She will represent Ohio in the 2019 National Teacher of the Year selection sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
The panel members who interviewed her cited her passion for her students - who call her 'Ms. Al' - and for the victims of human trafficking, who she has worked on the behalf of for many years.
In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Al-Hayani advises the National Honor Society and Young Women for Change, a student-led group at her school. She is also the vice president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers and is the union's director of Human Trafficking, Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues.
A two-time U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays awardee, Ms. Al-Hayani has traveled the world as a teacher leader and researcher. Such a global perspective comes in part from being the daughter of parents from Iraq and Lebanon - as does her belief that being an active participant in the democratic process ensures equal rights and an informed citizenry.
Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, respects the work that Ms. Al-Hayani has done to educate teachers about human trafficking.
“Her training focuses on teaching school practitioners about human trafficking, while the curriculum focuses on the risk factors and teaches youth about human trafficking awareness, social media safety and positive body and mental image” Dr. Durant explained. “Ms. Al-Hayani has trained more than 10,000 individuals on this important topic - a topic that is very relevant in today’s world. She is to be commended for her dedication.”
A native of Toledo, Ms. Al-Hayani earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Toledo. She also earned her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification.
Click here to learn more: ODE announces 2019 Teacher of the Year
The Ohio Department of Education released its report cards for public schools on Thursday, September 13. While Toledo Public Schools administrators and the Board of Education welcome transparency about the district's performance, they believe the State Report Card once again gives a woefully incomplete picture of public education in this and other urban districts across the state.
For example, the graduation rate for TPS graduates has climbed from 63.1 percent in 2010 to a projected 79.17 percent for 2018. (That figured will be confirmed this December). For more of the true story about how TPS is doing, please click on this link: Fall 2018 Report Card
Also, please refer to the Data Dashboard (found in the middle of the page at www.tps.org) which is continually updated with the district’s latest performance indices.
Attention: Parents and guardians of TPS student athletes.
We want you to have the chance to watch your student athlete excel on the playing field.
So, if your student is a cheerleader or band member, or an active member of his or her school's football, soccer, volleyball, basketball or wresting team, you are eligible for admission passes for all home and away games when it's two TPS teams playing.
You will need to show a photo ID to receive the passes. Any questions, please call the Board of Education at 419-671-0001 and ask for the Athletics Department.
Keeping students and staff members safe is the number one priority of Toledo Public Schools, so a number of safety summits are being
held in the month of September so parents, guardians and community members can learn about important safety-related initiatives.
A Safety Summit will be held in each of the district's six learning communities.
The initial presentation will be done by Diana Ruiz-Krause, the chief of the TPS Department of Public Safety, and other TPS administrators, and then there will be breakout sessions on such topics as A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate); bully prevention; strategies for keeping kids safe and school bus safety.
The sessions are being held at the six traditional high schools so parents and guardians can go to the meeting in their learning community;
however, parents and guardians are invited to attend whatever session works best for their schedules. All summits will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m.