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2012 Salute to Excellence in Education Award

September 14, 2012

LaRhonda Wilson  
LaRhonda Wilson

LaRhonda Wilson, assistant professor of sociology/ anthropology at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, will be honored Sept. 14 at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2012 Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship & Awards Gala to be held at the America’s Center. Wilson was one of eight educators chosen for exemplary service to students and the St. Louis region.

Wilson is a full-time professor, teaching Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. She discovered her love for teaching as an instructor at Southwest Illinois Correctional Center, while teaching sociology courses. She would eventually begin teaching as part-time faculty in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and as a sociology instructor with the St. Louis Community College system at Florissant Valley and Forest Park.

Her professional career began with working with youth who lived in Missouri’s foster care system. It was this experience that spurred Wilson’s career in the direction toward keeping families together and finding forever homes for children in the state’s foster care system.

Eventually, Wilson would work with children in the juvenile justice and school systems. The majority of Wilson’s efforts during this tenure would be finding forever families across the nation. Highlights include training adoption professionals at national and continental conferences, spear-heading an adoption recruitment campaign that would increase Missouri adoptions by 110% in 2006 and writing for several publications.

LaRhonda earned her bachelor’s in sociology and master’s in sociology and criminal justice from Lincoln University and is currently doing graduate work at Webster University in education.