Cheryl Caution-Parker, Ed.D., began her first term on the Richland School District Two Board of Trustees in November 2014 and her second term in 2018. She has served as board secretary for two years, 2019-2021.
For more than 30 years, Caution-Parker worked as an educator in the district. She began her career as a teacher at E.L. Wright Middle School and was named District Teacher of the Year in 1987–1988. Her 20 years as a school administrator includes serving as principal at Forest Lake Elementary and Dent Middle schools. As the principal at Dent Middle, Caution-Parker helped the school earn National Blue Ribbon, Palmetto’s Finest and Exemplary Writing awards. Her successful career in education resulted in Caution-Parker winning the William B. Harley Lifetime Achievement award. She retired as the district’s deputy superintendent.
Caution-Parker received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of South Carolina. She also earned a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, FL. She is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Ridgewood Ladies Golf Club, Poinsettia Cotillion, South Carolina Association of School Administrators, South Carolina School Boards Association, and Women in Philanthropy-United Way.
Caution-Parker and her husband, Nathaniel Parker Jr., live in Blythewood. They share three grown children and two grandsons. As a retiree, Caution-Parker enjoys spending time with family, close friends, and playing golf.