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Subjects Taught
Elementary Computer/Intervention, Elementary P.E


  • 1988 Graduate of Ariton School
  • 1993 Graduate of Troy University with a Batchelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education N-12.
  • Summer of 2010 graduate of Troy Univerisy with a Master's of Science Degree in Physical Education N-12


I have 22 years total experience in teaching and coaching

**1994 Physical Education teacher Carrol High School of Ozark, Alabama

**1996-2002 Abbeville Christian Academy

  • Taught History, Science, Elementary PE
  • Varsity Girls Basketball and Softball coach
  • Senior Beta Sponsor
  • Had the Vice Pres. of Senior Beta for the State of Alabama

**2002-present Ariton School

  • Teaching Elementary PE K-6
  • Coaching Junior High Girls Basketball
  • Contact person for the schools PEP Grant
  • Co-writer of the 10k BCBS Grant 2018  (awarded September 4, 2018 for elementary playground)

Author of a Plyometric program for elementary children.  Article was published in the Professional journal called Strategies: Journal for Physical and Sport Educators.  It is called "Plyo Play".  This was a research project that I conducted for my master's program at Troy University.  It was done with the graduating class 2016 from Ariton School while they were sixth graders.  I have had the opportunity to present this program at the Share the Wealth Conference in 2010,  San Antonio Texas in 2013, and for the HPERD Troy University in 2016.  


HEEEEEEEYYYYYY.......YOU HAVE JUST REACHED THE WORLDS GREATEST ALABAMA FAN WELL ONLY SECOND TO COACH LANEY WHO ALSO TEACHES HERE!  ROLL TIDE ROLL! I am also a great PURPLE CAT FAN of any sport.  My name is Starla Cherry but better known as Coach Cherry or "hey" Miss Coach and of course Miss PE Teacher.   I am currently in my 18th year of teaching at Ariton School.   I have taught at other schools but was glad to come home and retire one day from Ariton.  That only makes sense because I started my education here as a child in a white house where our playground is today.  I can still remember playing in the kudzu and finding a snake in our classroom.  My parents Earl and Jackie Danner also graduated from Ariton.  You may know them better as "Papa Earl" and my mother as "Jackie the City Clerk."  I have one sister which also is an alumni of Ariton.  Her name is Sheila Dunn.

I am also an alumni of Ariton.  I currently live in Ariton and I have one of my three children, Hollis who is currently a 8th grader at Ariton School.  Calen 23, my oldest child has landed her first teaching job in Franklin County Florida teaching 6th math.  Claire 19, is currently in her second year of college at Wallace Community College and is now added to the alumni list of Ariton School.  Claire will be majoring in nursing and we hope this is "her final answer"!.  Our family loves the outdoors, going to the movies, and doing just about anything that deals with a sport.  If we are not at a game , we are watching a game on TV!  I hope this helps you to get to know me and my family.  I love Ariton and this school and what it stands for.  I will always be a PURPLE CAT at heart and as we say around here "OUR blood does run PURPLE!