Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Shadia Daniels, who teaches computer science at Wells Community Academy in suburban Chicago, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV’s May Teacher of the Month.

Daniels is dedicated to instilling interest in her students for computer science. Though it is a required subject at their school, the students come willingly due to the engaging and nurturing atmosphere that their teacher creates for them. She wants to be someone her students can talk to. "I want [them] to be able to do well academically, but also socially and emotionally," explains Daniels. 

She cheers on her students and they reciprocate the support. Among the high praise that her students have for her is nominating student Amyrio Moore. "She's there to show you that there's more to this world and you can absorb it if you want to and if you can," he says. "And if she knows that you can, she is going to push you."

Daniels gives her students all that she's got and the fact that they recognize this is rewarding in itself. "I believe I was designed to be here."

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.