Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Martin Puc, who teaches reading and language arts at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School in Naperville, IL, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's March Teacher of the Month.
Martin Puc believes he has found his calling as a reading and language arts teacher. His passion for student learning is visible and his lesson plans, which incorporate both traditional and creative methods of teaching material, are truely one-of-a-kind.
One particular activity that makes Puc's classroom unique is his way of tackling student's common anxiety over public speaking. "Speech wars" involve students presenting with teams in a rap battle fashion to simultaneously provide comfort of companionship while also making students step a bit outside of their comfort zones.
The introduction of speech wars isn't the only thing that students enjoy about Puc's teaching style. Alexis Juveland, the student who nominated Puc, attributes her improved writing skills and better understanding of English and reading concepts to his commitment to teaching. "I really wanted him to have this award because he's not like any other teacher I've met before," she says.
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.