Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to Sharon Bojan, an occupational teacher at Southside Occupational Academy, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV's March Teacher of the Month.
Teacher Sharon Bojan has developed an inspiring philosophy that she uses to make job-readiness an enjoyable pursuit. She says, "One thing we work on, as my students will say to you, we work on their ability, not their disability or their can's and not their cannot's. So, a lot of my students like to focus on what they can do to help the community and what they can do to help their families or what they can do to find a job."
Delia Jones, nominating student, shares, "She don't look at my disability but my ability." Through her work in the program, Jones was able to secure a position at Navy Pier, continuing her work as a custodian. She says, "Since I got a job, I can probably help my mom with the bills."
Jones's experience in the program and the optimism she carries with her to each job site inspires Bojan to continue bringing hope to all the students in the program. She cries, "I'm just so proud of her and everything she's done and how she feels about herself. And she feels good self-worth and she knows that she is important to me and to others and that she has an important place on earth."
Saint Xavier University Associate Professor Jane Lundin says, "They feel good about themselves; they feel successful. That's all because their teacher dwells on their strengths, so they feel like their contributing to the community, to the work environment. It's just such a great thing to see in action."
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.