Sponsored by Emerson, the award annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who exemplify excellence in their field.
Florissant Valley’s recipient is Diane Ascare, assistant professor of mathematics. Ascare began teaching at Florissant Valley in 2014. She has taught and tutored at high school and college levels, and worked as a math and computer consultant in business. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Missouri Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and Mathematics Educators of Greater St. Louis.
The Wildwood recipient is Kimberlee Vaughn, assistant professor of psychology. Vaughn joined STLCC in 2011 as an adjunct faculty member and was promoted to full time in 2015.
Interim Associate Provost Steven Collins said: “Kim brings enthusiasm, humor and a love of psychology that inspires her students. She is an integral part of the Wildwood campus because of her outstanding teaching, scholarship and comradeship.”
Vaughn holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chicago State University and a master’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She also completed postgraduate studies at Saint Louis University, where she served as a research assistant for the School of Public Health.