Julie Cherry, a native Baton Rougean, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana AFL-CIO in March 2006. Prior to her employment at the AFL-CIO, she was a teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as well as the President of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers. She has completed several Union Leadership Institute Training sessions.
She holds a degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University and has completed graduate level courses in Music Education, Mathematics Education, Educational Leadership, and is certified to teach music and mathematics. After teaching music in private schools for five years, she taught music in the EBRPSS for one year before moving on to mathematics. She has served as a teacher at both the middle school and high school levels, teaching primarily at-risk students.
While employed in the school system, she was active in teacher quality issues, serving as a mentor for new teachers and becoming a mentor trainer for the school system. In addition, she participated in several Louisiana Systemic Initiatives projects designed to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science, serving as a lead teacher on one for middle school teachers. During this time, she authored and received several QSM (Quality Science and Mathematics) grants to better equip her classroom. She also served with a diverse panel of employees from all levels of the school system that revised the Human Resources policies of the district.
Ms. Cherry serves on the Workers' Compensation Advisory Council, Louisiana Healthcare Commission and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.