CMS Principal Sherri Berry Named As A GASSP Finalist
The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) announced their Top Six Finalists for this year’s Principal of the Year On Wednesday, January 17, and the Coffee County School System is proud to announce that Sherry Berry, principal of Coffee Middle School, was named as one of the finalists.
The Principal of the Year program recognizes principals that excel in educational leadership, resolving complex problems, developing self and others as well as community service. Selected from a large pool of applicants Berry traveled to Athens, Georgia, this past weekend to participate in an individual interview with the GASSP interview committee. In addition to a personal interview, the GASSP Interview Committee also reviews performance data from the respective administrators’ school.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals and Association Member Benefit Advisor (AMBA) sponsor the Principal of the Year recognition program. The Georgia winner will represent the state in the competition for National Principal of the Year sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Berry has been the principal of Coffee Middle School for the past seven years. Under her leadership, Coffee Middle School has exceeded the state average in test scores for the past three years.
Prior to serving as principal at Coffee Middle School, Berry served on the campus of Nicholls Elementary for 10 years, six years as the Assistant Principal for Instruction and four years as the school’s principal.
Berry is an alumnus of Coffee High, South Georgia College and Valdosta State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education and Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership. She has participated in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ Principal Leadership Network for several years and represented Coffee County on three different GLISI Teams, serving as Leadership Performance Coach.
Berry is completing her 31st year in education, having begun her career with Coffee County Schools serving as a teacher at West Green Elementary. She has also taught on the campuses of Indian Creek Elementary and Satilla Elementary.
Berry is married to Michael Berry, agriculture teacher at Coffee High, who is also an educator of 31 years. They have two sons, Kody and Dake. –Press Release from the Coffee County Board of Education
CMS Principal Sherry Berry has been named as one of six finalists for Georgia Principal of the Year