Carolyn Parham, a second grade teacher at Conway Elementary School was presented with the September 2011 Excellence in Education Award at the Board of Education Meeting on September 26, 2011.
Mrs. Parham was born in St. Louis and has been a teacher in the Ladue School District since 1991. She started her work in the district as a fifth grade teacher at Conway Elementary School, and has been a second grade teacher for many years now.
Dr. Lane Narvaez, principal at Conway Elementary School, describes Mrs. Parham as “an expert teacher with boundless energy.” Mrs. Parham is also described as a creative and innovative teacher who takes whatever time is required to get to know every child in her classroom on a personal level. For example, she has individual goals conferences with each child, creating important personal connections and learning ways to leverage each child’s strengths and interests to motivate them.
Mrs. Parham is a life-long learner who loves to find new ways to inspire and create learning opportunities for her students. She shares this knowledge by presenting at national conferences and teaching Love and Logic principles to Conway parents and other groups in the St. Louis area.
Carolyn and her husband Randy have been married for fourteen years and have two children – Hadley and Hannah – both eighth-graders at Ladue Middle School. They also have two beagles – Auggie and Webster!
Carolyn received both her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia.