Saint Xavier University Teacher of the Month

Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Josephine Hatch-Skipper, a literature teacher at Gale Community Academy, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's June Teacher of the Month.

Teacher Josephine Hatch-Skipper has a way of bringing students out of their shells and developing them into outgoing individuals who actually enjoy learning. To bring students to this realization, she gives her class poems and places emphasis on the thematic elements that make up the greater meaning of the work. Hatch-Skipper is never far from her students and often discovers new meaning through the way they view the literary works.

Nia Campbell, nominating student, said of her experience in Hatch-Skippers classroom, "I've grown. In the beginning I was like a little seed, and then at the end, I was kind of like a flower." The growth Campbell has shown in both academics and general self-confidence is evidence of the powerful impact Hatch-Skipper has on her students. Campbell continues, "I think I started the year shy and not really outgoing. At the middle to the end, I became more outgoing, more talkative and positive when it comes to learning."

Campbell and her classmates value Hatch-Skipper not only for her teaching but also for her generally kind disposition and attentive personality. Hatch-Skipper says, "I have a similar background with the students, growing up in Chicago," said Hatch-Skipper. "I just wanted them to have an adult in their life that believes in them and wants them to know that they can achieve anything."

Saint Xavier University's Director of School Partnerships Jane Lundin says, "We saw that she is not just a teacher of literacy, but she's a teacher of students who need a warm, caring, nurturing teacher and she is all those things."

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.