2014 Loeb Prize Winner Announced

Science Teacher Ryan Boeckman of Parkway Central Middle School receives 2014 Loeb Prize

Winner Ryan Boeckman of Parkway Central Middle School; Carol Loeb, Science Center Board of Trustees; Siinya Williams, Saint Louis Science Center.

Ryan Boeckman, a science teacher at Parkway Central Middle School, is the winner of the 2014 Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, an award given in partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center. Boeckman and four finalists received their awards today at a ceremony at the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium. 

“Overall my mission as a science teacher is to ignite a lifelong interest in science, engineering, math and technology,” said Boeckman. “I do truly believe this and strive every day to create an atmosphere in my classroom that promotes questioning and wonderment.” 

Winner Ryan Boeckman with his students from Parkway Central Middle School.

The Loeb Prize, established in 1995 at the Saint Louis Science Center and endowed in 2002 by a generous gift from Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb, rewards teachers who significantly enhance their students’ performances in the areas of science and mathematics.

Andrea Mahon, who teaches mathematics at Christian Brothers College High School, is the second place honoree. The other three finalists and their schools are:  John Morrison, Barat Academy; Mary Heinemann, LaSalle Springs Middle School; and Jason Zenser, Crestview Middle School. All five finalists received cash awards. 

Pictured: Finalist John Morrison, Barat Academy; Second Place Honoree Andrea Mahon, Christian Brothers College High School; Winner Ryan Boeckman, Parkway Central Middle School; Finalist Jason Zenser, Crestview Middle School; Finalist Mary Heinemann, LaSalle Springs Middle School.

“All of our finalists this year demonstrated expertise in their subject areas, innovative teaching styles including the use of technology, and their personal commitment to the overall well-being of their students,” said Mrs. Loeb.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize these teachers for the work they do to enable their students to become the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) leaders of tomorrow.”

The late Mr. Loeb worked for the May Department Stores Company, retiring as chairman of the board. He was chairman of the Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Commissioners and a member of the Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Trustees.  Mrs. Loeb, a math teacher for 51 years, currently serves on the Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Trustees. 

“The Loeb Prize is one of many ways in which the Loeb family and the Saint Louis Science Center show appreciation for outstanding teachers who are dedicated to advancing STEM education,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO, Saint Louis Science Center. 

The Loeb Prize

The Loeb Prize, established in 1995 and endowed in 2002 by a gift from Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb, honors effective teaching as a central component of quality education. It is one way in which the Loeb family and the Saint Louis Science Center demonstrate their commitment to teaching professionals and elevate public appreciation for teachers' efforts. The late Jerome Loeb, former chairman of the board of The May Department Stores Company, was a member of the Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Trustees and chaired its Board of Commissioners. Carol Loeb is a math teacher and currently serves on the Science Center's Board of Trustees.

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