From the classroom to congress, Representative Jahana Hayes is not only representing Connecticut, but women of the future.
On Thursday, March 14th, Congresswoman Hayes proposed her first major legislation to keep guns out of the classroom. The legislation would prohibit federal dollars from being used to arm teachers. Hayes says the issue is near and dear to her after being a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury.
In response to students taking to the capitol for lack of gun legislation, Hayes says “I am so incredibly proud of young people. I can’t explain, and I will never shake the feeling, of standing in front of my students in December of 2012 [after the Sandy Hook School shooting] and them asking me ‘why?’ or wanting an explanation from me, or asking about school safety and I didn’t have answers.”
Before becoming the first African-American woman to represent the state of Connecticut, Hayes was 2016 National Teacher of the Year and traveled the country and the world as an ambassador for public education.
Congresswoman Hayes is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Bridgeport.