Waukomis’ Jaci Tolbert – Enid Area Teacher of the Month Presented by Rick’s Pharmacy  

By Ember McElrath

Jaci Tolbert is the physical education teacher at Coolidge Elementary. Tolbert has been involved in education long before she even became a teacher. Before teaching she was a special education paraprofessional for a student with cerebral palsy. Before her current position she taught special education for fourteen years. 

Tolbert attended and graduated from Waukomis High School. From there she attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University where she not only received her bachelors but her masters degree as well.

Teaching is something that was passed down to Tolbert. 

“Teaching is in my blood,” stated Tolbert. Her grandmother as well as her mother were both teachers. Her mother is now one of the adapted physical education coaches at Enid Public schools, and her grandmother who has since retired, but not only taught but was a superintendent as well. When Jaci started working as a paraprofessional she realized teaching was going to be her future career as well. 

“While working as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom I instantly knew teaching is what I wanted to do,” said Tolbert. 

Tolbert has a passion and love for the Special Olympics program. She is currently working on developing a special olympics program for her current school, Coolridge, with the support of her principal. 

Tolbert has been inspired by many things over the years, but the thing that keeps her going the most is her students. 

“I love seeing my students smile and succeed,” said Tolebrt. 

On her off time Jaci enjoys spending time with her husband Al Hunt and not only watching her children play sports, but she also helps with coaching them as well. She also assists with a Miracle League special needs t-ball team.

Jaci has many accomplishments under her belt from Teacher of the Year, Special Olympics Coach of the Year, as well as being nationally board certified.