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Meramec Recipients

Maxine Beach  
Maxine Beach

Maxine Beach is an assistant professor in the Business and Communications division. She began teaching creative writing, composition, and literature at STLCC-Meramec in August 2008. Beach’s goal, when she left her corporate job as a copywriter to pursue her MFA in creative writing, was to teach at a community college.

 

Like many STLCC students, Beach graduated high school with no direction. Had it not been for the community college, specifically St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, Beach would not have been able to pursue her dream of becoming a professional writer. She felt compelled to give back to the system that had given her a second chance. She has served as the faculty advisor for the Meramec literary journal, “Currents,” and is a published author.  

 

Michael Hauser  
Michael Hauser

Michael Hauser is a professor in the Science, Math and Health division. He has been a chemistry professor at STLCC-Meramec since 1992. He is a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award and the Faculty Lecture Award.

 

He believes the keys to becoming a quality educator are to be:

First, passionate about your subject matter. Second, organized and creative in your thoughts, actions, and presentations. And third, caring for your students. If you work daily to improve on these three areas, then both educator and students will benefit.

 

 

Margaret Keller  
Margaret Keller

Margaret Keller is a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences division. She is an exhibiting artist who has taught drawing, painting, design and art history full time since 1993. She also has served as co-director of the Meramec Contemporary Gallery of Art in St. Louis since 1998, for which she has curated nearly 50 exhibitions. She also has worked as a visiting associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was one of two professors selected to teach the summer program in Florence, Italy. In addition, her art reviews have appeared in numerous local, national and international publications. Working in related series in various media including installation, hybrid digital prints, video, meticulous graphite drawings, watercolors and oils, Keller examines the relationship between nature and contemporary culture. Her art has been exhibited at museums and galleries from Joplin, Missouri, to Beijing, China.

 

Theresa Smythe  
Theresa Smythe

Theresa Smythe is a student support specialist in the Student Affairs department. She joined STLCC in the early 1990s as an adjunct instructor in the Deaf Communication Studies program and part-time specialist in the Access office at the Florissant Valley campus. In 2011, Smythe made the move to her current full-time position at Meramec as a disability support specialist. Smythe says that, throughout her years at STLCC, she has been privileged to serve countless individuals with disabilities who persevere in spite of some very great obstacles; they have inspired her to do and be the best she can in order to serve them on their academic journeys. Smythe also serves the larger community as the secretary of the Missouri Association on Higher Education and Disability.