Paula McConnell has been a teacher at Marlow High School since August 1982, making this her 42nd year. Mrs. McConnell graduated from Cordell High School as class valedictorian. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education (summa cum laude) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While at Southwestern she was named Outstanding Freshman Female, Outstanding Sophomore Female, Outstanding Mathematics Student, served as vice-president of Alpha Psi Omega, and won the Teddy Award for Outstanding Supporting Female Actress. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Oklahoma Education Association, and the Marlow ACT. She was the 2000 Marlow Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. McConnell is the director of the annual Marlow Invitational Speech/Debate Tournament and the 3A/4A Southwest Regional Speech Tournament, as well as being the Class 4A advisory representative for the O.S.S.A.A. State Speech Committee since 2004 (19 years). Under her direction, the MHS speech team has earned 26 Regional and 8 State Championships, as well as consecutive Academic Awards from 1995-2015, with state academic runnersup in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2023. (Covid took us out in 2020.) She earned the NFHS Outstanding Speech Educator Award in 2006. She has a daughter Kasey, who is a graduate of UCO and the Fitness Center Membership Coordinator at Chesapeake. She loves vacationing at Disney (both World and Land), and loves giving financial advise.
At the end of her life, she wants to have lots or stories; to have lots of stories, one must take the adventure. so, take the adventure!