Dr. Alexis Tibbetts Recognized for 33 Years of Service

Outgoing Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, was recognized by the Okaloosa County School Board for her 33 years of service at the November 13 board meeting.

“Alexis started her career teaching Science at Meigs Middle School,” said School Board member and longtime friend, Cindy Frakes.  “She taught Gifted at Valparaiso, was Assistant Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School, Principal at Destin Middle School, and Principal at Fort Walton Beach High School before being elected Superintendent of Schools in 2006.”

“Alexis has always had a love for Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa County school system,” said Frakes.

Frakes encouraged Tibbetts to focus on all the students she has influenced over the years.  

“I know that you have influenced a lot of teachers, touched a lot of teachers and administrators, and the community has reached out and has a lot of respect for you and a lot of love for you, but the students you have touched will always be the number one thing I remember,” said Frakes.

“You cannot out work Alexis, you cannot love children more than she loves them,” said School Board member, Cathy Thigpen.  “She has heart and soul, passion and compassion, for everyone she meets. I do not believe that she has ever met a stranger.”

Frakes and Thigpen presented Tibbetts with a crystal vase that read, “In grateful recognition of the 33 years of distinguished service, Okaloosa County School District Superintendent, Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, November 8, 2006 to November 19, 2012. Esteemed leader, advocate for students and champion of education, your achievement and leadership are unsurpassed.  Committed and respected Principal, admired and valued Assistant Principal, and dedicated and beloved Teacher.”

“I could not have done it without each of you,” said Tibbetts. “It has been a wonderful journey. I would not have traded this experience for anything. I have committed my life and career to this county and the students that are in it, and I am glad that I did.”

On Tuesday, November 20, Tibbetts will step down as the newly elected Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson takes office.

“It has been my privilege to serve in this district for thirty three years and have enjoyed working with you in the many schools and jobs I have held as teacher and administrator,” said Tibbetts. “I am proud of the accomplishments achieved by students, educators, parents and business partners over the past six years.  The significant gains that have been made in dropout prevention, graduation rates, reading and math proficiency, Reducing the Achievement Gap, STEM, technology integration, and IB/Advanced Placement and Industry Certification participation and performance are phenomenal.”

“The best part about being an educator is seeing the difference a good education can make in the life of a child,” stated Tibbetts.  “For thirty three years I have seen that difference as I have witnessed support staff, teachers, parents, administrators and business partners in Okaloosa County work together for the benefit of educating our children.  At this time of Thanksgiving I reflect and give thanks for the opportunity to have served this community, the students, employees and families. It has been a pleasure to work with the talented individuals in our county who constantly demonstrate a sincere commitment to serving students and families. As a former student, teacher, parent and administrator I will hold this district in a special place in my heart forever.”