Every year, Northwestern University asks seniors to pay tribute to exceptional teachers who had a "lasting impact" on their lives, from which a handful are picked and recognized by the university.
Wu was picked by Allison Mark, a student at Northwestern's school of engineering, who praised Wu for a teaching style that pushed her to think deeper and analyze literature in her AP Literature class. In a statement, Mark said that Wu had a "boundless reserve of energy and passion" that left Mark with a mix of "dread and anxiety" as well as "admiration and inspiration."
In a statement to the university, Wu took the recognition in stride, saying that it's her job to create an environment where students can learn to the best of their ability.
"Whenever I find myself buried beneath piles of papers to grade or stuck on how to improve a lesson, I stop and remember my students," Wu said in the statement. "They inspire me to continually refine curriculum, instruction and assessments. They remind me that teaching is a craft rooted in relationships, which brings great joy."
The honors comes with a $5,000 award to each teacher as well as $5,000 for the teacher's school. An award ceremony is scheduled for June 21.
Moffett museum adds new artifacts
The Moffett Field Historical Society last month added two key pieces of memorabilia to its extensive collection.
The museum added an official duplicate of the Medal of Honor that was awarded to Navy Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, the airfield's namesake who is considered a pioneer in military aviation. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor, and the U.S. Defense Department requires all military branches to provide duplicates for any recipients.
On April 22, descendants of Admiral Moffett came to the Moffett Field to deliver the medal so that it could be added to the museum's exhibits. Moffett's grandson, Col. William A. Moffett III, also gifted the museum his grandfather's sword, which actually misspelled the admiral's name. Museum officials say that error could be found elsewhere, and they were confident the sword was authentic.
The artifacts were handed over in a ceremony that drew more than 100 guests, including officials from NASA, Google and local veterans' groups. The new artifacts will be the centerpiece for the museum's exhibit on Admiral Moffett.
The Moffett Museum, located at Severyns Avenue, Building 126, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. More information is at moffettfieldmuseum.org.
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