I am a good ol’ Southern boy from eastern North Carolina. My first degree was in Funeral Service Education, and I spent the first 8+ years of my professional career as a licensed embalmer. I worked in funeral homes all over North Carolina (& spent 3 1/2 years actually living in the back of a funeral home), before going back to college for a second time. I spent 8 years as a teacher assistant before earning my degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University. Afterward, I worked 5 years as a third grade classroom teacher before my (then girlfriend, now) wife & I moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in 2014. I worked 4 years as a third grade classroom teacher at Carlin Springs Elementary, before accepting a fifth grade classroom position at Barrett Elementary in 2018. For the 2019-2020 school year, I will be teaching Language Arts in third grade.
In my personal time, I practice the beautiful art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, which I have been doing since 2007. In October 2018, I earned my black belt. Additionally, I also enjoy writing, reading and spending time with my wonderfully patient wife, Sara. On June 20, 2019, at exactly 5:53 p.m., our lives changed forever. We welcomed our son, Tyce Alan Perry, into the world. I never thought I’d be a daddy, but I am loving every minute of it. He, like his daddy, will surely be a diehard North Carolina State fan. Go Pack!