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Debra Smith Wright, 1953-2020


Last updated 10/22/2020 at 2:10pm

Debra Wright

Debra Smith Wright, a beloved educator and mother, whose legacy is the countless minds she opened and hearts she touched, transitioned on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. She was 67.

Born Feb. 21, 1953 to Eddie Lowe Smith and Essie Mae Jackson, Debra graduated from Lakeland High School in 1970 and Florida Memorial College in 1973. She went on to earn her master's and specialist in education leadership from Rollins College in 1984.

Debra began her long and influential career in education as an elementary music teacher. She went on to serve as a principal, and in 2007, she retired as an education con...

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