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Originally published: 2014-01-31 09:18:06
Last modified: 2014-01-31 09:18:52

ASU professor to seek board of education seat

by Allison Haver

Tiffany Christian has officially formed her election committee with the intention of filing for candidacy for the Watauga County Board of Education when filing opens Feb.10. 

This is Christian's first attempt at public office and she said she wants to serve on the board because "our kids matter."

On Christian's election committee website she said "my unique combination of personal, professional and parental experiences have prepared me to be a part of the decision-making body for our schools and to be a grounded, practical, and realistic voice."

"We have awesome schools and we need to continue to keep them awesome," Christian said.

"By being creative and thinking outside the box, we can forge new kinds of relationships with the community, especially the parents," she said.

Christian said she believes that the most incredible thing about Watauga County schools is that the teachers, administration and staff are amazing at what they do and generally care about the students.

"We have created an atmosphere where having great schools is the standard and we need to maintain that by reaching out and being deliberate," Christian said.

Christian is the mother of four and married to a retired Army Veteran.  She and her family live in the Meat Camp area of Watauga County. She has served as a full-time faculty member at Appalachian State University for 10 years and is currently the owner of Gigi's Uniforms and More in the Boone Mall.

Christian has graduate degrees in education, social work and theology and her community involvement includes Hardin Park Parent Teacher Organization, Boone Sunrise Rotary, Girl Scouts and the board of directors for Hospitality House.