Saint Louis Science Center awards five local teachers at ceremon
ST. LOUIS, MO – October 2, 2020 – The Saint Louis Science Center is proud to announce that Daniel See of St. Louis University High School, is the 2020 recipient of the Saint Louis Science Center and Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. See and four finalists received their awards today at a ceremony at the Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater.
“Great teachers are the cornerstone of a strong community and presenting these awards in 2020 is particularly meaningful as teachers across the world have been navigating new challenges to continue teaching during the global pandemic. All of our finalists demonstrate expertise in their subject areas, innovative teaching styles including the use of technology, and personal commitment to the overall well-being of their students,” said Carol Loeb, who was a math teacher for 57 years. She and her husband, the late Jerome T. Loeb, established the Loeb Prize in 1995 at the Science Center.
This year’s winners are:
- 2nd Place: Kathy Costello, St. James Catholic School
- Runner-Up: Kathy Alt, Millstadt Consolidated School
- Runner-Up: Rashida Chatman, Pamoja Prep Academy
- Runner-Up: Teri Range, O’Fallon Township High School
“Students have a greater chance of succeeding and transferring their knowledge and skills outside of school when their interests and motivations intersect with learning goals,” said See. “Therefore, I believe it is important to develop and facilitate activities that help students connect their interests to learning goals.”
The Loeb Prize, endowed in 2002 by a generous gift from the Loeb family, honors teachers who significantly enhance their students’ performances in science and mathematics. The late Mr. Loeb worked for the May Department Stores Company, retiring as chairman of the board. He also served as chairman of the Science Center’s Board of Commissioners and a member of the Board of Trustees. Carol Loeb, who serves on the organization’s Board of Trustees, presidedover today’s awards ceremony along with Todd Bastean, president and CEO, and Siinya Williams, senior director of community science.
“The Science Center is proud to continue this 25-year partnership with the Loeb family to recognize and reward outstanding teachers throughout the St. Louis region,” said Todd Bastean, president and CEO. “We know that STEAM education is crucial in preparing students for the future, and the Loeb Prize is a wonderful way to honor area teachers who share in our mission ‘to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning.’”
About 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 Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Trustees.
Saint Louis Science Center
The mission of the Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. Named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in 2016, the Saint Louis Science Center features more than 700 interactive exhibits, as well as a five-story OMNIMAX® Theater, Boeing Hall and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center, please visit slsc.org.
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