Saint Xavier University Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Richard Martin, who is a carpenter and cabinet making instructor at Chicago's Prosser Career Academy, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's May Teacher of the Month.

With 33 years of teaching experience, Richard Martin makes it his priority to engage his students in things that interest them. He says, "I love woodworking. I try to find out what projects they would like to build . . . I'll do anything to help a student; I want them to succeed."

The graduating senior who submitted Richard Martin's name for Teacher of the Month consideration, Daisy Hernandez, certainly found interest in her projects and says, "I want to come back with all my new experiences and all that I've gained and tell him this is the reason why I am a carpenter, because you were able to teach me that."

Peter Hilton, associate professor at SXU, notes, "Well, what's exciting about this is that, first of all, it's hands on, and second of all, the students are amazingly polite and interactive and thoughtful. Those things are what seems to go on in this room, and that's great!"

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.