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Chatham Co. Teacher of the Year honored at the White House

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WASHINGTON (WTOC) -

One of Chatham County's best teachers played hookie Tuesday! But we are sure this is an excused absence.  

Ernie Lee, Chatham's Teacher of the Year, spent the afternoon with the nation's best educators and President Barack Obama. 

Lee was recognized Tuesday during the National Teacher of the Year Program. The president announced from among these state winners that Connecticut history teacher, Jahana Hayes, as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. 

The program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.

"I know what it feels like to struggle to find sunlight and constantly be met with concrete barriers. I see myself in every one of those students and I carry my own experiences as a reminder that as a teacher, I have to be better,” said Jahana Hayes, 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Hayes also acknowledged in her remarks that schools have trouble recruiting and retaining minority teachers. She says it is something that must be changed.

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