ST. LOUIS (May 14, 2019) – The Saint Louis Science Center is proud to announce that Tim Levine, algebra teacher at Hazelwood West High School, is this year’s recipient of the 2019 Saint Louis Science Center and Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. Levine and four finalists received their awards today at a ceremony at the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
“I put my energy towards writing lessons that require problem solving, critical thinking and the desire to learn,” said Levine. “My lesson planning process is to find out what the students are curious about and connect to those interests to the curriculum. Every year and every lesson is a new opportunity to connect student curiosity with the math curriculum.”
This year’s other winners are:
- 2nd Place: Stacey Morgan, MICDS
- Runner Up: Dan Dougherty, Lindbergh High School
- Runner Up: Jim Moser, Principia
- Runner Up: Lynne Scott, Principia
“I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize such a wonderful group of teachers. Great teachers are the cornerstone of a strong community, and 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. These teachers prepare their students to become the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) leaders of tomorrow,” said Carol Loeb, a math teacher for 56 years, who along with her husband, the late Jerome T. Loeb, established the Loeb Prize in 1995 at the Saint Louis Science Center.
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 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. Carol Loeb, who serves on the Saint Louis Science Center’s Board of Trustees, presided over today’s awards ceremony along with Christian Greer, chief officer of science, education, and experience, and Siinya Williams, senior director of community science.
“This is the 24th year of our partnership with the Loeb Family to recognize and reward outstanding teachers throughout the St. Louis region who are dedicated to STEM education,” said Greer. “The Loeb Prize is a wonderful way to honor teachers who share in our mission ‘to ignite and sustain lifelong interest in science and technology.’”
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.
Contact: Mindy Peirce