Connecticut's Teacher of the Year has been named the National Teacher of the Year.

FOX's Anna Welles has the story:

John F. Kennedy high school history teacher Jahana Hayes grew up in a Waterbury housing project surrounded by drugs, poverty and violence.

She became a teenage mother when she was in high school. Speaking in October, Hayes says she overcame those obstacles with the help of her own teachers:

(Hayes) "There was Doctor Burt Saxson, my amazing mentor and college professor, who himself was a Connecticut teacher of the year and taught me the value of making personal connections with my students before any real learning could occur. I could think of a dozen teachers just like them." 

The 44-year-old will be recognized by President Obama at a White House ceremony on Tuesday.

Anna Welles, FOX News.