Carolyn Cunningham

Excellence in Education Scholarship

Carolyn Cunningham was born on September 15, 1946 to Willis William and Eva E. (Parsons) Cunninghman. Carolyn grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho and was the second child of five. She took dance lessons, enjoyed her many friends while growing up and worked with her father in his sporting goods business. It was while attending Blackfoot High School that she discovered her love of words, literature, reading and Shakespeare. She decided to persue this interest at BYU in Provo, Utah.


Carolyn graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where she received her teaching certificate in 1968. Immediately following her graduation, Carolyn moved to Snowflake, Arizona where she has since resided. She was a faithful and devoted teacher at Snowflake High School for the past 40 years and was a "favorite" to many of the students that attended there. She expected a lot from her students, respected them and loved teaching them. Carolyn taught English at the high school throughout her decades of teaching, and many of her students credit her with their ability to speak and write proper english. While teaching at Snowflake High School, she was the Chairman of the English Department for many years.


Carolyn was a great fan of Shakespeare, and over the years she took several groups to the Shakespearian Festival in Cedar City, Utah. The last ten years, she met her sister and one to two nieces there to enjoy the week of plays. She also was quite active in Community Theater and directed many plays in the Snowflake area during the past several years.


Carolyn was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various callings durng her life time. She also served as the Relief Society President of her ward, which allowed her to get to know her "ward sisters" on a more personal level. Those were sisters she truly grew to love and found great peace in serving their individual needs. Carolyn was extremeley devoted to her family. She hand-made many baby quilts and full-size quilts for all of her nieces and nephews. She was a devoted daughter to her parents and always appreciated the love and support she received from them. As a sister, she was ever willing to lend a listening ear, a supportive phone call or a much anticipated visit to her own brothers and sister. This sweet gem of a lady truly will be missed by her students, co-workers from Snowflake High School, her many friends from Snowflake, her colleagues from the local theater and her Shakespearian travel buddies. Non, however, will miss her more than her own family.