Paula McConnell has been a teacher at Marlow High School since August 1982, making this her 37th 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, 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. Paula was the 2000 Marlow Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. McConnell is the director of the annual Marlow Invitational Speech/Debate Tournament, as well as being the Class 4A advisory representative for the O.S.S.A.A. State Speech Committee and the Southwest Regional Speech Tournament. Under her direction, the MHS Speech team has earned 22 Regional and 7 State Championships, as well as 17consecutive Academic Awards from 1995-2015, with state academic runnersup in 2017 and 2018. She earned the NFHS Outstanding Speech Educator Award in 2006. She has a daughter Kasey, who is a graduate of UCO and the Athletic Center Coordinator at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.