Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Sharon Ledbetter, a language arts teacher at Christian Heritage Academy in suburban Northfield, for being June's Teacher of the Month.

Sharon Ledbetter teaches her students in a way that places a great emphasis on the importance of focusing on the world around them. "I feel that to become a credible thinker and an eloquent writer with a message, we need to look outward."

Ledbetter's lesson plans are rich with issues of the day with a special focus on how to lead a compassionate life and how to make a real difference in the world. As reflected through her students' writing, this teaching approach is well received by her students.

"She's been working at this school for so long and everyone in this school knows that she is an amazing and brilliant teacher," says Julia Sinople, the eighth grade student that nominated her teacher for the award. "Now the whole United States can know that this women is truly outstanding."

Julia is a prime example of the positive influence that Ledbetter has on her students; after researching an issue for her eighth grade term paper, she started a fundraiser all on her own to help aid the victims of human sex-trafficking. Her teacher couldn't be prouder. 

"I take my calling very seriously as a teacher to raise up the next generation," declares Ledbetter. She wants to empower her students to know that their opinions matter and that they can have a credible voice in the world. 

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.