Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Laura Milas of Hinsdale Central High School, who is May's Teacher of the Month. In honor of her achievements, Milas received a $1,000 check from Saint Xavier University.
As an art teacher, Milas wants to draw out the artist in her students and aspires to be "a guide." She wants students to be focused on their passion in the arts and doesn't want to impose her own likes and dislikes on them. Milas thinks "this is a journey that we take together and I hope to guide them and get them to do beyond what they think they can do."
Gabrielle Rutkauskas, a graduating senior, nominated Milas for the teacher of the month honor. She appreciates that Milas "lets us do our own thing until we reach out and need help from her. Then she is happy to step in and give us direction." Nick Leahy, another student, says that Milas is a wonderful teacher because she is creative, open with what students want to do and helps to make their projects better.
Milas wants her students to think about their art and not give up. She says: "I think part of making art is frustrating, so I share that with them. I think every day is a battle, but perseverance is something I grade them on. So we work through the frustration. Okay, so it didn't go well today .What are we going to do tomorrow? What could we try that we are not trying?"
Lucy Wang, another student, says Milas has helped guide her in where she wants to take her art in the future: "Ms. Milas just showed me this year that it is not so much about talent — it is about motivation and I think that is something I am going to take away with me no matter what I do."
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.