Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Darcie Murray, an English teacher at Lake Park High School in west suburban Roselle, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's December Teacher of the Month.
Darcie Murray is bringing current social issues to the front of her class. Although Chicagoland homelessness is outside of her English curriculum, Murray makes an effort to emphasize this hardship and the ways in which she and her students can aid the cause.
"I never really knew how many homeless families there were in our school," nominating student Angelina Rodriguez says "Once she said the number, I was like, wow."
Murray now leads a school-wide initiative, called Together Helping Others, to raise funds for those in need. Through bake sales, t-shirts and generous donations, the school has raised over $30,000 for the Lake Park homeless community.
Saint Xavier University representative Jane Lundin says, "Student success isn't just about success in academics -- it's success in the way they lead their lives. And she's truly a role model in helping and teaching students to be giving and to not be all about themselves."
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.