The Hayward Unified School District is proud to announce the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Mia Buljan, second grade teacher at Fairview Elementary, for receiving this honor.

Mia Buljan began teaching in 1996 and she has spent her entire career here in Hayward. In 2016, she was among nine educators named California finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Ms. Buljan consistently shares her instructional knowledge with other teachers and encourages her team towards balanced literacy. She also often collaborates with her colleagues to improve teaching practices. Visitors to her classroom will find an exceptional welcoming environment and they’ll find her students to be engaged in high-level learning activities.

Ms. Buljan creates a safe place for Fairview students—regardless of whether they are her students or not—and she is always willing to provide those students with a seat at one of her tables. Her colleagues are constantly impressed with how she manages challenging situations while always keeping the needs of students as her top priority.