In 1975, Cherry earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Louisiana Tech. While working towards a doctoral degree in psychology, Cherry returned to Louisiana Tech to earn her Master of Arts in Guidance & Counseling in 1976. Cherry was blessed with two loving children and entered the workforce, putting her doctoral pursuit on hold. She worked as a successful pharmaceutical sales representative for a Fortune 500 company. While she enjoyed what she was doing, God's calling for her life had other plans; plans in the world of education.
Cherry received her teaching certification in 1994 from Southeastern Louisiana University and soon after earned her teaching certification to teach gifted classes. Cherry went on to teach for the St. Tammany Parish School Board from 1994 until 1997. She then accepted the position of Assistant Director at PACES Learning Center in 1997. In October of 1998, Cherry opened Success By Design Learning Center and has continued to provide a well cultivated, safe learning environment for children in the community.
Following her original goals, Cherry continued to pursue the doctoral degree she had put off for so long. Cherry enrolled at the University of Phoenix in June 2006. Once again, her doctoral dreams would be delayed. Right before losing her mother in 2009, Cherry had completed the doctoral coursework and part of her dissertation. In order to support her family, Cherry put her focus into developing Success By Design Learning Center by building her clientele and working even harder to help her students meet their academic goals.
In 2014, Cherry was asked to work with Directed Studies in the Discovery Center at Northlake Christian School. This service provides alternative education for students to achieve their high school diploma through creative curriculum management. Working with children has always been Cherry's passion and she will continue to create an environment where children can learn and create and grow.
Cherry Smith is also a certified proctor for Brigham Young University, Bob Jones University, and ACT with expertise in administering with special accommodations. Cherry is currently completing her dissertation to complete her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.
In her spare time, Cherry loves to read, participate in writer's groups, goes to movies, enjoys local cuisine, cooks, and attends church.