Saint Xavier University Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Amy Wood, who teaches second grade reading, writing, math and science at Gavin Central Elementary School in Ingleside, IL, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's April Teacher of the Month.

Amy Wood's main focus may be academics, but it is her kindhearted nature and overall creativity in her lesson plans that makes her stand out the most to her second grade students.

As Jane Lundin, director of School Partnerships for SXU, points out: "Teachers can teach content, but it's more important that they be able to teach, interact and relate to children." Wood's success in this is just one of the many reasons why students appreciate her and why student Enzo Fry nominated her for Teacher of the Month recognition.

Wood's sunny personality and fun teaching style -- which involves singing, unique learning activities and repeating a daily mantra about self worth -- helps students enjoy coming to school. This atmosphere also ensures that they each know their abilities and significance as individuals, as well as the importance of caring for others.

"We talk a lot about acceptance and tolerance and empathy," says Wood about the family-like culture of her classroom. "I think all those things put together makes it a safe place to learn."

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.