With the exception of a short span of time when she was in 2nd -grade and another year-and-a-half when she lived in Kentucky during her junior high years, Cheryl Gladney attended Hillcrest from 1st grade throughout her senior year of high school. Before her graduation in 1989, she was a member of the Beta Club, yearbook staff, band and flag corp, as well as the drill team. She then attended Mississippi College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology in 1993. Afterward, she went to the University of Mississippi Medical Center and received her MD degree in 1997, then completed residency in 2000, specializing in internal medicine. Dr. Gladney worked for Premier Medical Group from 2000 until 2011 and then began working at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven, where she has been employed as a hospitalist for the past 17 years. She calls her career choice “very rewarding.”
Cheryl married David Kirk in 2001, and she has 2 step-children. She also is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish.
The message Dr. Gladney wants to relay to current HCS students is as follows: “Keep an eye on your goals, and keep God in your heart. He will help you achieve whatever you set your mind to. And always be kind to your fellow man. Also, another word… Always treasure the friendships that you make during high school because those friends will be with you throughout your lifetime.”