Meet the Principal

Ms.  Ann  W.  Tillman
Grantswood Community
  phone 205-379-3700

Principal's Bio


Ms. Ann Tillman, Principal

To the Grantswood Family,

It is an honor to serve as principal at Grantswood Community School. This is my twelfth year at Grantswood Community School, and my thirty-third year as an educator. Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught Special Education for fifteen years. I earned a Bachelors degree in Special Education/Behavior Disorders from Auburn University (War Eagle!)  a Masters degree in Special Education/Mild Learning Handicaps from Jacksonville State University, and a Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University.

Originally from Cleveland, AL, a small rural town in Blount County, I lived in Clay, AL  for sixteen years and have recently downsized and relocated to the Vestavia area. I have four adult children and 2 daughters-in-law, ranging in age from twenty two to thirty two.  I am "Honey" (grandmother) to Easton, Laney, and Tatum, the sweetest, smartest, and cutest grandbabies ever! 

As the instructional leader of Grantswood, I,  along with my awesome staff, am committed to work diligently to ensure your child receives high quality instruction in a positive learning environment. We are also committed to maximizing the academic, social, and emotional growth of your child, to continuous school improvement, and to our own professional growth. We hold high standards for ourselves and for our students.  One of the great things about being an educator is that we continue to learn, grow, and change along with our students.

It takes a partnership to provide the best educational experiences for our children. We look forward to working with you to make each child’s  experience at Grantswood a successful and rewarding one. Decades of research indicate that when parents are involved, students have higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation and better self-esteem. When parents practice reading at home with their child, the child makes significant gains in reading achievement compared to those who only practice at school.

We offer many resources to assist you in supporting your child. Please ask your child’s teacher or the counselor about these resources. Your involvement will show your child that you value his or her education and support the school.

I am privileged to share your most precious gift and want to serve you in any way that I can. Don't hesitate to let me know if I can assist you in any way.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child.


Ann Tillman