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Doris A. Graham, Ph.D. -- Subdistrict 1

Doris Graham  

Doris A. Graham, Ph.D., of north St. Louis County retired in 2005 from her position as assistant principal at Ames visual and Performing Arts Public School in St. Louis, having worked at the school for 38 years. She currently teaches reading part time at Harris-Stowe State University.

“I am seeking this seat because I want to give back to my community,” Graham said. “I love to volunteer and help others to become the best that they can be, especially in the educational arena. I believe that I can effectively use my knowledge and skills to make a positive difference on the board. I know how to collaborate with fellow board members to positively meet the goals and objectives of St. Louis Community College. I believe that higher education should be available to all students, and I will work hard toward that end.”

During her tenure with St. Louis Public Schools, Graham was a classroom teacher, remedial reading specialist and co-host of an after-school radio program. She also served as an administrator during summer school.

Graham served on the Ferguson-Florissant School District Board for 23 years. During that time, the district twice was recognized as a school district of distinction by the Missouri School Boards Association.

Among the recognition Graham has received for service include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. Louis Teachers Union, the Legacy Award for Community Service from the National Council of Negro Women Inc. Gateway Metropolitan Section and the Legacy Award from the St. Louis Argus. She also was recognized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as one of its Women Making a Difference honoree.

Graham is an associate minister at her church, and also is involved in sorority activities. She also served on the Berkeley Senior Citizens Commission.

She earned a doctorate in educational administration/superintendency from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in elementary administration/principalship from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Harris Teachers College. She also holds a master of arts in pastoral studies from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.