Dr. Tibbetts currently serves as Instructional Support Coordinator for the Walton County School District, and is Okaloosa County’s former Superintendent of Schools (2006-2012). She is a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County where she has served in the field of education for over 38 years. She is integrally involved in the community and her efforts have consistently been applied towards the education and betterment of those who grow up and live here.
Tibbetts has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both Huntingdon College and the University of West Florida, and has published numerous articles and presented at many local, state, and national educational conferences. Tibbetts has served as principal of both Destin Middle School and Fort Walton Beach High School, taught science at all levels (elementary, middle and high school), and served as a guidance counselor.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Psychology at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, her Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development at Troy State University, and her Education Specialist Degree and Doctorate in Curriculum and Educational Administration at the University of West Florida. She is a graduate of Crestview High School.
Dr. Tibbetts was honored with the Distinguished Women in Education Award for Northwest Florida. She served on the 2010 Gubernatorial Census Committee and served as President of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Tibbetts represented all 67 Florida county superintendents at the national level on the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Tibbetts is a member of local civic, community, charitable, and professional organizations including: Delta Kappa Gamma, Shalimar United Methodist Church, and the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. She is a member of the Board of Directors of United Way, Children in Crisis, Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, and the Emerald Coast Science Center.