Saint Xavier University Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Marla Jackson, a barbering teacher at Simeon Career Academy on the South Side, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's January Teacher of the Month.

Marla Jackson trims away students' anxieties for their financial future by teaching them career skills that they can use right away. In 2015, Jackson began sharing her barbering expertise at Simeon Career Academy where students are thrilled to learn.

Nominating student, Reginald Norman says, "When we signed up for our majors, I was like, I want to barber. I was thinking it'll be real nice just to learn something new. Fading is real popular these days, so you [have to] get that technique down."

Jackson, however, does not only teach the latest trends in hair fashion. She says, "We go over anatomy, infection and control, entrepreneurship [and] microbiology."

Following their senior year, these students will have accrued enough practice hours to take the state licensing exam. This will allow them to begin working right away and aid them in their pursuit of a higher education. "When you get out of high school, and if you don't have the money for college tuition and everything, that can really help you a lot," Norman said.

Saint Xavier University Associate Professor Peter Hilton presented her with this honor, saying, "She reaches them in their personal lives and makes their lives better, and she's very positive and upbeat and gives them a sense of hope."

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.