Carolyn Zahm, reading specialist at Reed Elementary, received the February 2015 Excellence in Education Award. She has been at Reed Elementary since 1995, beginning as a teacher’s assistant for Special Services and Developmental Kindergarten.
Reed Elementary School Principal Dr. Chris Schreiner describes Carolyn as possessing a supernatural ability to tap into every student to learn why they might be having challenges in reading. Next, she implements creative strategies to help a child meet and exceed reading expectations. Her instincts and approach have helped hundreds of students one at a time
When a student shines, Carolyn doesn’t take the limelight. And when a student is facing challenges, she collaborates with teachers and parents to form a support system. Dr. Schreiner says, “Of all her strengths, the one that tops them all is her desire, courage, and ability to advocate for kids. She is quick to notify others when a student is not meeting his/her potential and is not afraid to stand up to others if she feels a student’s needs are not being met.
Carolyn is the mother of two Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumni: Jacob and Claire. She also has another special person in her life, Randy Gibbs, also a graduate of LHWHS, and they have been together for ten years.
Carolyn holds a B.A. in Education from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania; Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Communications from Webster University; and Reading Specialist Certifications in Pennsylvania and Missouri.
She is a native of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania.