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by Makynzie O’Bryan It is surprising to me how much you are able to learn about a person in thirty minutes just by asking the right questions. I had the opportunity to interview one of the most creative and talented teachers I have had the pleasure of knowing, Mrs. Cherie Price White. A native of Calhoun County, she fondly recalls playing in the sand pile with her sister, Janet, and dreaming of becoming a June Taylor dancer on the Jackie Gleason show. In school, she enjoyed Chorus, Band, and English and was involved in many clubs and activities. After graduating from Blountstown High School and getting married in 1975, Mrs. White went on to earn her Associates degree from Chipola and her Bachelor’s degree from FSU. She and her husband of 34 years have two children, Chris 28, and Sarah Lynn, 9. Mrs. White has been teaching at Blountstown High School for twenty-seven years, with only one teacher having taught longer. When asked why she chose the field of education she stated, “I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives.” Mrs. White is currently teaching reading at BHS and is a very involved Junior Class Sponsor. The first thing she does after getting home from a long day at work is take her shoes off. When her television is on at home, usually it is tuned in to HGTV, as she enjoys working in her yard. Some of her other hobbies include music, her favorite book being a piano book. Mrs. White has visited Mexico and if she had the chance she would love to visit Italy or Germany. Mrs. Cherie White is a woman of great knowledge, and a woman with much strength. She is a woman with the ability to care for every student that passes through her class, and to start a conversation about anything. I left her classroom with a smile on my face and a light heart.

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