WGN’s January Teacher of the Month, Nicholas LoGalbo, teaches English lit classes at Chicago’s Lane Tech. However, on any given day, a chunk of the lesson plan may center on good citizenship.
“I think we are in the business of people, and my philosophy is that we want our students leaving better people than when they came and I think that’s by modeling good behavior … giving them ideas, getting them to think about the big picture, what they want to do,” LoGalbo said.
And no one is complaining.
“He’s like young so he knows how we are,” said Yesenia Villagas, a Lane Tech student.
Villagas, a tenth grader at Lane Tech, entered LoGalbo’s name for Teacher of the Month consideration because she says he does his job so well, she wanted him to get the recognition he deserves.
“He’s always telling us to live your life with a giving heart. He tries to incorporate different styles of writing and literature into our daily lives. Usually he has a quote and he makes us discuss what that person is trying to say and how does it impact our lives,” Villagas said.
LoGalbo was himself a student at Lane Tech and that experience, he says, has had a lasting impact.
“My first thoughts? The advice that was given to me when I was graduating from here some years ago — I’m not going to tell you how long — was to live your life with a giving heart, serving, defining your purpose and your passion and helping the world,” LoGalbo said.
His passion is undoubtedly teaching.
“Loving every minute of it,” he said.