COLUMBUS, Ohio (WNWO) -- A Toledo area educator is recognized on a state level.
On Wednesday state Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) presented a resolution to Mona Al-Hayani in honor of being named the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year.
Each year, the Ohio Department of Education offers this award to an exceptional teacher in recognition of their work in and outside the classroom.
A history teacher at Toledo Early College High School, Mona has spent her entire 23-year teaching career with Toledo Public Schools.
At Toledo Early College, she advises the National Honor Society and Young Women for Change, a student-led organization.
Ms. Al-Hayani is the Vice President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers and serves as the Federation’s Director of Human Trafficking and Social Justice Issues.
She is a two-time U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Hayes awardee and the first educator from Toledo Public Schools to receive the Ohio Teacher of the Year award.
For more information about the Ohio Teacher of the Year award program, click here.