|Education:||A.A., Naugatuck Valley Community College|
B.A., Southern Connecticut State University
M.A., University of Saint Joseph
Jahana Hayes is representative-elect for Connecticut's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hayes grew up in the Berkeley Heights housing project in Waterbury and was a teenage parent. After completing an alternative high school program in 1990, she worked to support her daughter. She later went on to earn an Associate of Arts in liberal arts and science from Naugatuck Valley Community College in 2002, a bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2005, and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from the University of Saint Joseph in 2012. She taught high school history from 2004 to 2017, and has been the talent and professional development supervisor at Waterbury Public Schools since 2017. She is the recipient of the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award.