2019 Laima Salcius Award recipient.
Jason Koenig received the Laima Salcius Award at the 2019 Move Up Day ceremony. Head of School Emeritus Dr. John Strudwick, in his presentation of the award, referenced Koenig’s dedication and work ethic. In many ways, this wasn’t just a recognition of his work in the past year, but rather a recognition of 16 years of growth as a teacher, of his countless hours behind the curtain, and his drive to gain more knowledge.
In his time at Lake Forest Academy, Koenig has worn many hats as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and many more. He has also worked behind the scenes in They Cressey Center for the Arts to develop the theater into a state of the art production space. In working alongside the administration and Advancement department, Koenig developed the 2015 Gala project which upgraded the theater’s audio, lighting and projection systems while adding a professional camera system to record events.
The award came as a complete surprise and caught Koenig off guard. He has been humbled by this honor, especially in seeing the many esteemed faculty who have received it before him. In receiving this award, Koenig would like to acknowledge the support of his wife and family, recognize the many students whose work alongside him built this program, and plans to use the award as motivation to build upon his career at LFA.
Jason Koenig joined LFA in 2003 as a Visual Arts teacher and the Production Manager of Cressey Theater. He took on the role of Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair in 2020. He has taught various visual arts courses at LFA, including Three Dimensional Design, Freshman Foundations in the Arts, and Ceramics. He currently teaches courses in Woodworking and Foundations in Visual Arts. He does residential duty in Macintosh and resides on campus with his family.