Wilson honored with the Missouri Community College Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award
Monday, December 5, 2022
LaRhonda L. Wilson, associate professor of sociology at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, is one of two recipients honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award.
The veteran educator – who also serves as the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning coordinator – and Lisa Ebert of Jefferson College were tapped winners from a pool of 12 finalists recognized at the awards dinner Nov. 30 at the Missouri Community College Association’s 58th Annual Convention and Tradeshow Awards.
The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented annually to outstanding instructors for work done during the previous year. The winners set the standard of excellence not only within higher education, their institutions but across the state.
Janice Nesser-Chu, dean of liberal arts at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, is smiling.
“LaRhonda embodies what it means to be a compassionate and engaging educator. Her commitment to her students, campus and the North County community is unparalleled,” Nesser-Chu said.
“We are so privileged to have her as part of the STLCC and Florissant Valley campus family. This award is so well deserved."
During her more than 20 years as a teacher, Wilson has enhanced students’ learning experiences by connecting them to court watch programs, voter engagement and environmental activities, reentry populations, services for children and families, communities of poverty, city government, political campaigns, and more.
It’s not surprising that she thanked MCCA, College leadership, colleagues, and placed a special emphasis on students.
“This couldn’t be possible without our outstanding, dynamic, resilient, and incredible students,” Wilson said.
She has earned the following awards for her work both on and off campus: Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc.’s Apple for the Teacher Award, League of Innovation’s John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, North County Incorporated’s 30 Leaders in their Thirties Award, the Organization for Black Struggle’s Unsung Shero Award, St. Louis American’s Salute to Excellence in Education Award, and St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley’s 46th David L. Underwood Memorial Lecture Award.