School Board-Tillman, Debra

Debra Poole Tillman is asking for your vote Aug. 6 as she runs to retain her seat on the Giles County School Board representing the sixth district.

“Under normal circumstances, I would hope to see and talk to as many voters as possible in the sixth district. Many circumstances will not allow that this year... I would sincerely appreciate your vote and influence,” Tillman said.

Tillman attended elementary and secondary schools in Pulaski and graduated from Giles County High School in 1971. After high school, she enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and received her B.A. degree in 1975 in art and art history with a minor in English and education.

Upon graduation, Tillman was offered a job with the Giles County School system, teaching fourth grade. In 1976, she accepted a job with the Warren County school system, teaching within her field. During this time, she also owned a travel agency in McMinnville.

Over the next 40-plus years, she taught in Warren and Rutherford counties and received her Master’s in Education Curriculum from Tennessee Tech. In 2016, Tillman retired from Stewarts Creek High School in Rutherford County. In the spring of 2019, she taught one semester at Bridgeforth Middle School before retiring for good at the end of the school year.

Tillman has two sons, Christian Grepperud and Erik Grepperud, and one handsome grandson.

“If elected, I will continue to promote quality education, do all I can to protect our children from harm and instill in them an appreciation for knowledge and life-long learning.”

—Debra Poole Tillman

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