Congratulations to Colonel Scherry Douglas for being chosen our Foley High School Teacher of the Year. Colonel Douglas has made a tremendous impact upon Foley High School in her time here.
Colonel Scherry E. Douglas is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor with the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps , as of 2015. She is a 30-year retired Air Force officer and a 23-year federal law enforcement veteran, where she worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Colonel Douglas is a 1983 distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Alabama State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She also earned a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
I asked Colonel Douglas questions pertaining to her feelings of be selected Teacher of The Year
Q: How was your college experience? What was your favorite part of it all?
A: I recall college being the first time I really began to feel independent. It’s where I began to make my own choices, beginning with where I wanted to focus my studies to what organizations I wanted to belong or participate. I really enjoyed being a member of the band’s flag corps and working on the university’s newspaper staff. Of course, AFROTC was my favorite place to hang out because the program provided me with a sense of belonging; the cadets and I had similar goals and aspirations.
Q. What influenced your decision on being in the Air Force?
A: I participated in the Army JROTC program for four years in high school and wanted to go into the Army but my mother was against it and wanted me to go to college first. So I enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program at Alabama State University and was excited about the opportunities the program offered.
Q. How do you feel that you were selected by your peers?
A: There’s an overwhelming feeling of honor and humbleness to have your peers bestow such an honor upon you.
Q. What is the best advice you could give a high school graduate?
A:The only limitations you have are the ones you place on yourself. Find your niche in life and always be your best self because opportunities abound! I would encourage graduates to never, ever give up on their dreams. When life knocks you down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving; you cannot go forward looking back.