Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Stephen Kurfess, a mathematics teacher at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, IL, for being January's Teacher of the Month.

Stephen Kurfess kicks off each school day by greeting students in the hallways. He prioritizes connecting with his students and making math interesting and exciting.

"I feel that part of being a teacher is you really need someone to entertain the kids," explains Kurfess. "Math is pretty dry if you just teach them the basic formulas and the basic facts, so you kind of have to jazz it up a little bit. I just like having fun."

Another way Kurfess has a positive influence on his students is by setting a good example. He usually takes at least one day out of each semester to just talk about being a good person and providing his classes with general life lessons.

"You have to help other people out, and it's just so important in life," Kurfess says. 

He is well-known for his generosity. Conant High School has a fund in place for needy students and their families and Kurfess is one of the biggest donors. Thus, to thank his students for the recognition, it was no surprise that he decided to donate his Teacher of the Month award directly to the fund. 

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.