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 advanced placement 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.
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