Cheryl D. Latham
(Board term expires 2022)
Phone: (314) 643-8776
Cheryl Latham and her family have lived in North County for 17 years after relocating from Tampa, Florida. A prior Army family, they have lived in several communities, both civilian and military. She joined the Hazelwood School District Board of Education in 2007 after serving as a volunteer in her children’s schools and on many school and districtwide committees. She began volunteering in her sons’ schools to help them adjust to their new community. Additionally, Latham served as a member and officer of Hazelwood’s PTA at the school, district, and state level.
Latham says that her parents and grandparents always stressed the importance of service and giving back. She considers it both an honor and a tremendous responsibility to participate in decision making on behalf of the District. She believes that it is important and necessary to advocate for each of the District’s 18,000 students as if they were “my own.”
Latham has earned the Master Certified Board Member status through the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA). Through the MSBA, Latham focused her strands of study on contemporary issues in education, particularly closing the achievement gap and the disproportionate impact of suspensions and expulsions on children of color. She has presented at MSBA’s state conference on two separate occasions.
Her award recognition includes: 2008 Annie Malone Child Advocate of the Year Award, a two-time Hazelwood School District GEM Volunteer Award recipient, and most recently, she received the North County Incorporated Public Service Leadership Award, honoring elected, appointed officials or those employed by a public body whose long-time service has had a positive impact on the community and/or public body they serve.
Latham is a dedicated and passionate advocate for children in both her personal and professional life. She has worked as a social service professional for more than 25 years. Currently, she is the Director of County CASA, Volunteer and Community Engagement, at Voices for Children/CASA of St. Louis, an area non-profit that advocates for abused and neglected children and youth in St. Louis County and City’s foster care systems. Previously, she was a sixth-grade teacher in Louisiana and GED instructor for at-risk youth in Florida.
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Cheryl Latham earned a bachelor’s degree from Fisk University. She and her husband, Eric have been married for 32 years and have two sons who are both graduates of Hazelwood Central. They are also the super proud grandparents of six: Cameron, Erron II, Eric III, Norre, Easton, Eyan, and Emory. She is also a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.