Jimmy Berry was an educator for more than 35 years. He retired in 2000 after serving as Principal of the Northwestern State University Middle Lab School for 25 years. Berry was Vice President and President of the Natchitoches Parish Principals’ Association, demonstration teacher for the Northwest Supplementary Education Center, and instructor for Northwestern State, where he taught elementary education and media courses. He was one of the founders of the Louisiana Middle School Association. Berry is a member of the Natchitoches Parish Dixie Youth Program, Mystic Krewe de Saint Denis and was a member of the Natchitoches Area Jaycees.