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Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Anna Chu, who teaches science at Nettelhorst Elementary School on Chicago’s Northside, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV’s June Teacher of the Month.

Chu may be fairly new to her teaching position, but her presence and passion for teaching is already recognized by her students.

Student Aidan Finn nominated Chu for the Teacher of the Month honor with his entire class in agreement.

“There are many teachers at this school and all of them are great,” Finn said, “but Ms. Chu … Ms. Chu just goes the extra mile.”

In her classroom, Chu encourages hands-on learning through experiments and is widely praised for her caring nature toward her students.

“She’s not like this big, scary authority. You can easily go up to her and talk about something if you need to, whether it be school or something else,” said student Ella Bakker.

Chu takes pride in knowing her students are learning and appreciating her class. “I was totally surprised,” she said of the honor. “I know my eighth graders do enjoy my class, but it was a big shock to me because this is only my second year teaching.”

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.