Barbara Latham


Barbara C. Latham is a skilled and dedicated educator with a passion for helping children discover a love for learning. Ms. Latham taught in the Cleveland School District for more than 30 years. As an elementary and middle school teacher, she provided instruction in all subjects and had a special enthusiasm for science. While at Cypress Park Elementary (now D.M. Smith Elementary), she championed and organized the school’s first science fair, which became an annual event.

Ms. Latham retired from the Cleveland School District in 2011, but her love for teaching drew her back to the classroom. Since her retirement, she has served as a substitute teacher in the Sunflower County Consolidated School District. She has assisted her daughter, a Girl Scout troop leader, in chaperoning and hosting various activities. She also spent several summers in Chicago caring for her niece and nephew, assisting them in their preschool and elementary school studies.

Ms. Latham’s passion for helping children began in her youth. As the third of eight children, she helped her mother care for her three youngest siblings. Ms. Latham was born and raised in Mound Bayou, attended Mound Bayou public schools, and became the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned an Associate of Arts in elementary education from Coahoma Community College and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Jackson State University.

Ms. Latham is an active member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church in Mound Bayou. She has two adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, reading, walking, listening to music, and spending time with family.