ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis teacher is one of four teachers in Missouri to receive a national award for excellence in teaching math and science.

Kathrine Lodes teaches at St. Joseph’s Academy in Frontenac.

On Thursday, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Recipients of the award have deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate students to be successful, according to the press release.

“I am humbled to represent my school and our educational community. This honor bolsters my passion to bring the excitement of science to my students,” Lodes said.

Lodes has been an educator for 29 years and has taught at St. Joseph’s Academy since 2002.

“Katie Lodes is the epitome of a ‘scientist as teacher’ in the classroom whose knowledge and love for the biological sciences enables her students to go above and beyond both in and out of the classroom,” said Jennifer Sudekum, principal at St. Joseph’s Academy.

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