Saint Xavier University Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Melissa Rose, who is a math teacher at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's June Teacher of the Month.

A big struggle for Melissa Rose was overcoming the predetermined attitude that children have toward math. She says, "One of the big things with math, is a lot of kids come in with a mindset. And either they say they're good at math or they're bad at math. And I don't believe that for a second. I try to tell them, 'It clicks for different people at different times, and everyone can have a math mind if they want it.'"

One student, Camille Listowski, says that she had a tough time with math before joining Rose's class. "I struggle with math. And she has ways of explaining things or breaking them down just to make them easier for different kids and different [ways] people learn," says Listowski, the student responsible for nominating Rose. "She's wonderful, really."

"I try to show them that I care about them, that I love them and that I respect them, and I hope that shows in everything I do," Rose says. Her dedication has shown through her teaching and has made a phenomenal impact on those students. "It's one thing to be recognized by your colleagues, but when a student goes out of their way to do this, I was beyond moved."

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.