Mona Al-Hayani is the 2019 Teacher of the Year

Mona Al-Hayani is a history teacher at Toledo Early College High School in the Toledo Public School District. Known by her students as “Ms. Al,” Mona not only teaches history, but she also advises the National Honor Society and Young Women for Change, a student-led group at her school.

A two-time U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays awardee, Mona traveled around the globe as a teacher leader and researcher. She is the vice president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers and serves as the Federation’s Director of Human Trafficking and Social Justice Issues.

As the daughter of parents from Iraq and Lebanon, Al-Hayani believes that being an active participant in the democratic process is a responsibility, one that ensures equal rights and an informed citizenry. She believes teachers should be stakeholders in the issues facing her students, and encourages her students to practice civic responsibility to gain greater understanding of their lessons and the world around them. Her students learn that being an active participant in the democratic process is a responsibility that requires equal rights and an informed citizenry.

A native of Toledo, she 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 certification.

Watch the 2019 Teacher of the Year Announcement

Last Modified: 2/4/2019 9:33:04 AM