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Teacher of the Month

Meet WGN and SXU's Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Ilhan Avcioglu, who teaches civics at Kenwood Academy on Chicago’s South Side, for being named Saint Xavier University and WGN-TV’s March Teacher of the Month.

Avcioglu is a civics-minded instructor who thrives on teaching his students life lessons that go beyond the classroom. He deems it important to challenge his students’ minds with relevant issues and to make connections with his students, inspiring them to think about college.

“I feel like I’m here to help them, not just in terms of the classroom thing, but that they can come to me and talk to me about how they’re feeling,” he said.

Avcioglu teaches his students on the importance of being politically literate and socially responsible. It’s these lessons and his open-minded approach to teaching that makes him a “bonafide 10” to his students – especially to Diavian Goolsby, the student who nominated Avcioglu for Teacher of the Month and calls him one of her favorite teachers.

“I like that he’s like open minded and not really bias,” she said. “He makes me really think about these issues we have in society and how we can make a difference.”

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.