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Getting to know ... Principal Berry Greer

<p>Douglass principal Berry Greer enjoys playing music and used to be a band director.</p>

Douglass principal Berry Greer enjoys playing music and used to be a band director.

The Eye of the Hurricane staff interviewed Frederick Douglass principal Berry Greer so students could learn a little more about him.

Question: What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

Seeing the boys grow from boys to young men because most of them have been here since sixth grade.

Answer: What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are model rockets and I also play in a big band [Ben's Friends].

Q: What was your position before being principal?

A: I came up through the ranks, I was a dean of students and assistant principal.

Q: What inspired you to be a principal?

A: I [was] never really inspired to be a principal. I was happy in my position as music teacher. I thought I can make a better impact on students.

Q: If you were a teacher, what subjects did you teach?

A: I was a director of band; I never was a core teacher. I was always a music teacher but the students that came to me were smart. It was amazing how you can take a black and white [paper] and turn it to tunes.

Q: What high school did you attend?

A: DMC on the westside of Detroit.

Q: What college did you attend?

A: Jackson State University where I learned it all.

Q: What sports did you enjoy in grade school?

A: When I was in grade school, I liked to play football.

Q: What sports do you enjoy today?

A: I enjoy football and basketball.

Q: How many degrees do you have?

A: I have two degrees and a masters degree with 25 hours [post masters]

Q: What is your perception of FDA students?

A: They are young men, if you are around somebody for a while they become a part of you.

Q: What percentage of FDA students will go on to college?

A: I don't have the information right now, but I hope all go on.

Q: In the next 10 years, what do you see yourself achieving?

A: Hoping that Ill be retired and living good and relaxing from the teaching business.


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