January is Board Appreciation Month and we would like to thank all of our board of education members for taking time out of their busy lives to invest in the success of their local school district.
"This opportunity allows me to work with other board members and school officials to make decisions that create a positive atmosphere so students have the best opportunities to become successful adults."Jeremy Ellis
Mr. Jeremy Ellis has been a member of the Tupelo Public School’s Board of Education since August of 2022. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1998, and shortly thereafter began working for the Chickasaw Nation in Ada. The first 16 years of his almost 25-year career were in the Department of Treasury. He graduated from East Central University in May of 2011 with a degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration. Jeremy is currently a director within the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Community Services.
"We will continue to serve this district responsibly, placing the utmost importance on the quality of education that our students are receiving."Josh Sanders
Josh Sanders has been on the Tupelo School Board of Education for 4 years. Josh is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in various areas of mental health in Tupelo and surrounding communitites for 13 years. He and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Slade (3rd grade), and Silo (Kindergarten).
"Serving on Tupelo School's board has been one of proudest endeavors I've taken on. It has been and continues to be an honor to have a role in the direction of the school. I grew up at Tupelo School, it is my home, and I'm glad to have our two sons have the same small school atmosphere that I had. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and every teacher, administrator, and staff member for dedicating their time and efforts to the betterment of our students’ education as well as their overall well-being. I would also like to highlight the improvements and progress that our superintendent, Mr. Mann, has facilitated for our school since joining us. We will continue to serve this district responsibly, placing the utmost importance on the quality of education that our students are receiving."
"I have been very proud to send my children to Tupelo School and have been very honored to serve on the school board."Karrie Watson
Karrie Watson has been on the Tupelo School Board of Education for 3 ½ years. She has worked for the Chickasaw Nation Child Development Center for 14 years. She and her husband Wallace have 4 children that have attended Tupelo School from elementary through high school: Caleb (graduated 2016), Kaitlin (graduated 2017), Kylee (Senior) and Kayle (Freshman).
“I have been very proud to send my children to Tupelo School and have been very honored to serve on the school board. I look forward to continuing to serve and help give back to our school and local community.”
"I hope to make a positive impact during my time in office."Winter Pickens
Mrs. Pickens has been on the Tupelo School Board of Education for nine months. She works for the Chickasaw Nation and has been there for 13 years working in their Education and Employment Access Divisions. She and her husband, Everett, live near Tupelo with their pets Buck, Vernon & Coco.
"While Everett and I don't have any children, we truly care about the Tupelo community and the success of Tupelo school. We enjoy attending sporting events and other extra curricular activities at the school and making connections with the students, teachers & staff. This made my decision to run an easy one. I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity to serve. I hope to make a positive impact during my time in office. I would like to say ‘Thank You!’ to Mr. Mann and the veteran board members for welcoming me and accepting me as a part of the team. Proud to be "On the MOVE!"