Dr. Perry had a remarkable career in public education. After graduating Ketterlinus High School in 1954, Ms. Perry earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Florida State University. While teaching fourth grade at Palm Beach Elementary School, she received a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Phillips University. She returned to Florida State University in 1965, holding an assistantship to the Department of Supervision and Curriculum and earning a Doctor of Philosophy in 1967. She worked as a researcher with Regional Curriculum Project in Atlanta, Georgia, collecting and analyzing data and reports aimed at improving the leadership roles of state departments of education in six southern states.
She served as an Associate Program developer in the Florida Department of Education and was appointed to the Florida governor’s Steering Committee for the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth. She served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Supervision at the University of Georgia and was the primary con-sultant to the Georgia Association for curriculum and Instructional Supervision.
She joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1976 as a consultant in the Division of Development. She later became Director of Teacher Education and then Director of the Human Services Division. She received the Distinguished Teacher Educator Award and the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in 1988.
Dr. Perry was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate for Humane letters by Campbell University in 1991. After retiring in 1996, she served as a consultant to National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2004 and 2005. In 1991, she assisted the families of the 9/11 Pentagon victims.
Dr. Perry currently resides in North Carolina.