Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Mike Moehlman, who teaches music at Niles North High School in north suburban Skokie, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's September Teacher of the Month.

Mike Moehlman has grown the music department at Niles North High School where he directs three concert bands, a percussion ensemble and a jazz ensemble in addition to other bands.

Student Jessica Christiansen nominated Moehlman for Teacher of the Month after he orchestrated a birthday surprise for her.

"They surprised me by singing happy birthday to me. It was such a great thing, you know. Because I had no clue that like so many people cared about me. But he really makes me realize that people out there really do care."

Moehlman creates a comfortable, friendly environment that makes the class feel more like a community. He said, "I want to make sure the students here feel safe, feel happy, and feel able to contribute."

What his students truly appreciate is his passion and enthusiasm. "I know that without the real passion that Mr. Moehlman teaches with, I would not be as passionate about percussion as I am," said student Juliana Tichota.

Moehlman was shocked to receive this honor. "I was blown away," he said. "I had totally no expectation or idea that this was going to be coming."

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.