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Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Deborah Brody, the eighth-grade language arts teacher at Lincoln Junior High in north suburban Skokie, for being May’s Teacher of the Month

After three decades of teaching, Brody’s retirement will leave a void at Lincoln Junior High. Reflecting on teaching eight-grade, Brody says, “Junior high is a breed of its own. These kids are coming from all these different backgrounds and their home lives are very different. My whole thing is, other than bringing in the content and what I teach, that you have to have a sense of humor with these kids and a lot of warmth.”

Jeremiah Moore, the nominating student, thought it would be great for Brody to be nominated before she retired. He says that Brody “connects with her students. She makes sure you understand what you’re learning in her class, and she makes sure you’re in the state of mind to excel and reach your potential and goals in your life and in your school life.”

Brody makes a personal connection, especially during her history unit. She shares her own personal story as a child of two Holocaust survivors. Moore says “it changed my viewpoint on so many things, how people will single you out just for your religion or race.”

Brody says she still loves teaching and she loves this age. “Eight-grade is really fun -- to prepare the kids for high school and their futures and to really start thinking like adults. They have to figure out what’s ahead for them.”

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.