COLUMBUS - Mona Al-Hayani, a history teacher at Toledo Early College, is the 2019 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 2 - and is one of four finalists in the running for Ohio Teacher of the Year.

Known as 'Ms. Al' by her students, the educator encourages her students to practice civic responsibility that brings about social change and understanding.

“Teachers are at the forefront of Ohio’s charge to create bright, exciting futures for our students,” said Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction, in a release announcing the district winners. “The Ohio Teacher of the Year program recognizes inspiring educators who elevate our public education system and ensure real world success for our students.”

The Ohio Department of Education invited school districts in State Board District 2 to nominate teachers for the regional award. Chuck Froehlich, State Board District 2 representative, worked with a committee of educators, parents and business leaders to select Ms. Al-Hayani.

“History teacher Mona Al-Hayani creates instructional space where historical learning is used to generate curiosity, interest and enthusiasm,” Froehlich said. “She links her teaching and her outstanding work to prevent human trafficking to create an environment where all students can achieve success.”

Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, said, “Mona is a two-time U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Award recipient and curriculum writer for the Korean War Legacy Foundation. She is a dedicated history teacher who also is a passionate advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims, contributing to statewide attention to the issue.”

A former student also weighed in on the teacher’s strengths.

“Ms. Al-Hayani helps her students progress academically but also helps them become better people,” said Valentin Ornelas, Jr., a 2018 graduate of Toledo Early College. “The love she has for her students and her students have for
her are what all good teachers should strive for. She has personally helped me find my own talents, become a free thinker and get on the right track for my future.”

Later this month, Ms. Al-Hayani will travel to Columbus to be interviewed by a panel of education and community stakeholders who will select the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year. The results will be announced in September and the educator who is chosen will represent Ohio in the National Teacher of the Year selection sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers.


7th and 8th Grade  ★   Supply List  ★   2018-2019
We are so excited to teach your children in 7th and 8th grade at Toledo Early College. In order for each child to be ready for the year, we have put together a list of supplies that should meet their needs for ALL classes. It is our hope that by providing this list early, you are able to shop back-to-school sales at your convenience. 
All of the supplies on this list are for use by your individual student, not for teachers. However, to assist your students in rationing their supplies to last the entire year, advisory teachers may collect some of your child’s supplies and store them in an individually labelled container for later use. 
Option 1 - Binder & Tabs
Option 2 - Folders & Notebooks
12 month planner
1 composition notebook, 100 pages, college ruled (for English)
Binder, 2” minimum, with at least 6 tabs
500 sheets of notebook paper; college-ruled preferred
12 month planner
1 composition notebook, 100 pages, college ruled (for English)
6 folders, with brads
Please buy sturdy folders or plan to re-purchase folders later in the year.
5 additional notebooks, 100 pages, college ruled, or one 5-subject notebook
Pencil Pouch & Tools
Communal Supplies
Pencil pouch or box
Sturdy backpack 
At least 24 pencils - wooden, or mechanical with additional lead
4 multi-color highlighters
Black/blue pens and red pens
2 black sharpies
A TI-30XIIS scientific calculator
Plastic protractor with 6-inch ruler
4 boxes of tissues 
8 glue sticks
8 skinny dry-erase markers
Optional Supplies 
(keep at home)
Optional Supplies 
(for student to carry)
Tri-fold boards
Construction/colored paper
Hole punch
Hot glue gun
Post-it notes
White out 
Personal hand sanitizer
Mini-stapler with staples



Dress code also applies to juniors and seniors when they are in the building

Toledo Early College has adopted the following changes to the dress code for school year 2018-2019.The purpose of the dress code are as follows:

  • To enhance school security
  • To support the learning environment
  • To promote good behavior
  • To avoid discipline problems
  • To prepare students for the world of work.

Clothing may not disrupt the learning environment.

The following items are NOT appropriate for school and are NOT allowed at Toledo Early College:


  • Shirts or dresses without sleeves (spaghetti straps, halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, off the shoulder)
  • Shirts which expose cleavage, back or abdomen
  • Clothing that exposes undergarments of any kind (bras, camisole straps, undershirt straps, boxers, slips etc.)


  • Any jeans with rips or holes that expose skin
  • Sweatpants and pajama bottoms
  • Shorts, skirts, or dresses that are not knee length


  • Flip flops
  • Beach shoes
  • Slides
  • Sandals without back straps


  • Hats/coats/outerwear/gloves etc. must be removed on entering the building
  • Students are not allowed to wear clothing with violent language, or hate speech, violent images or pornography, profanity, gang affiliation, or anything that depicts drug or alcohol use


  • Hooded sweatshirts are permitted as long as hoods are not worn or does not cover the head.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times. For safety considerations, all footwear must be adequately secured to the foot with heels no higher than two inches.
  • Shoes that expose the feet or toes are not allowed in science classes.
  • Hair curlers/rollers/bonnets/hair picks are not permitted. Sunglasses are not to be worn inside schools/buildings except when prescribed.
  • These guidelines are to be followed on all days when school is in session and for school sponsored events where students are actively participating and/or representing Toledo Public Schools.
  • The school's administration shall determine the appropriateness of student dress and grooming, acting in the best interests of establishing and maintaining a safe and effective learning environment for the benefit of the school.
  • Students who do not comply with the dress code are subject to progressive disciplinary action.The dress code policy pertains to juniors and seniors while they are on the campus of Toledo Early College.


Students from Toledo Early College were featured in a Blade article about young people's love of technology. Click here to learn more: For the emerging Generation Z, 'technology is life'

Congratulations to Toledo Early College students Elijah Comer and Riley Duncan for winning honors at a recent regional National History Day competition. Read all about it here: History Day contest honors