Attending school in Brookesmith, Shelby Tibbitts had a fourth-grade teacher who inspired her. Because of that teacher, Tibbitts started liking school.

By the time she was a senior at Brookesmith High School, Tibbitts knew she wanted to be a teacher and she earned a degree in elementary education at Tarleton State University.

Now a five-year teaching veteran, Tibbitts taught for a year in Zephyr and now teaches fifth-grade math at Coggin Intermediate School in Brownwood. She joined the Brownwood school district in 2015.

Her enthusiasm for her profession comes through in her pleasant, friendly voice as she describes her love for her job and her love for seeing a struggling child succeed in the classroom.

Seeing a smile on a child’s face or getting a hug from a child — “that’s what gets me going,” Tibbitts said.

“I don’t have any idea what I would do if I wasn’t a teacher,” Tibbitts said.

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Editor’s Note: Wednesdays throughout the school year, the Brownwood Bulletin will profile a Brown County teacher who goes above and beyond for the students in the classroom.