Debra Johnson Phillips, a native of Glennville and graduated of Long County High School, is currently on the silver screen as Principal Harridan in "Dear Dictator," which is in theaters.
After high school, Phillips earned pursued a bachelor’s degree in human resources administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s of art in adult education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She started work toward a doctorate psychology, but said passion for post-secondary education waned. She said she started teaching in an elementary school and as a developmental education instructor at a college.
Phillips started as a movie extra in 2015 and said she landed a few speaking roles in 2016. Since then, she said, Phillips appeared in an episode of "The Inspectors," "Unsung-Miki Howard" story as a background. She appeared in "Love, Sweat and Tears," "Ashes to Ashes" and a few student films.
"Dear Dictator" features Katie Holmes, Michael Caine and Odeya Rush. It is in theaters and is available on Amazon and iTunes.