Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Eric Hendricks, a math teacher at Providence St. Mel School in Chicago, who is February's Teacher of the Month.
Cristopher Jackson, a student, says, “Mr. Hendricks said that in life, you have a lot to do but, not that much time to do it, so he encourages us to get down to business and get things done.”
Hendricks begins each class by telling his students to dominate. He wants his students to be challenged, to be able to compete in college and have fun. However, he stresses that they should never lose sight of the bottom line or their goal to be able to succeed in college and life.
Hendricks often maps out a detailed study plan to help students master math concepts. “Mr. Hendricks breaks down difficult concepts really well and makes it easier to learn,” said Jalen Garrison. His students have a clear understanding of his expectations. “The biggest thing that stands out about Mr. Hendricks is that he never gives up,” said Miya Taylor, a student.
“Everyone wants to be the best at what they do and wants to impact someone in a positive way,” says Hendricks. He also adds, “I hold a deep passion for teaching and appreciate the opportunity to work with and talk to hundreds of young people on a daily basis.” He shares life experiences with his class to help them grow.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.