Locust Grove’s Sarah Hibbs – Mom of the Month Presented by Red Crown Credit Union

By Derrick Smith

There are many decisions that parents make that have an affect on their children. One of those decisions is where to live and what school to attend. Sarah Hibbs says that she has no regrets about being a part of the Locust Grove community.

“There are so many things I love about Locust Grove,” she said. “I love the small town feel, the fact that everyone knows everyone, and I love the outreach programs. The biggest thing I love is how our community bands together when someone is in need. This past year we have had so many families go through tragedies. Seeing social media post and watching students in our community come up with ideas and events to support these families has really shown the value of this town.”

Hibbs is a special education teacher for Epic Charter Schools. She says she started would with special education students and knew it was where she was supposed to be. 

“I started as a paraprofessional at Peggs School and fell in love with the special education program,” she said. “My very first assigned student was a challenge but in the end he is the reason I love education. From there my passion just keeps growing.”

Hibbs’ daughter, Cherokee, is a sophomore at Locust Grove High School. She is a member of the school’s softball and archery teams, and she also plays competitive softball for Tulsa Eagles 16U. Sarah says that keeping her daughter’s priorities in order is important to her. 

“I think it is important to prioritize Cherokee’s activities so that she gets a well rounded balance of education, sports, social life and down time,” she said. “You have to know where your kids strengths are and use what they like to keep them interested in activities in order to make a plan for a successful career and life after high school. All kids are different. They learn different, they have different interests. For Cherokee, she is a very social young lady and likes to be involved. So I make sure one thing doesn’t become more than the other.”