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Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Elizabeth Stefanec, who teaches English at St. Helen School on Chicago's northwest side, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's December Teacher of the Month.

As a teacher of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, Elizabeth Stefanec encourages critical thinking among all her students.

Stefanic relies on student participation and feedback to figure out what works for each individual class in order to make sure each group of students is taught in a unique and effective way. She wants her classes to enjoy learning and do it in a way that makes sense to them, allowing them to choose what types of activities they do to make the learning environment their own.

Nominating student Giavanna Javan says her teacher is always trying to encourage personal growth and she praises Stefanec for her clear goal of bettering not only her students, but also herself. If a student requires extra help, she never fails to give them the attention and assistance they deserve.

If you are currently a student age 13 or older in the Chicagoland area, please visit the Contest Page on WGN's website to nominate a teacher whom you feel makes a difference at your school or in your community.