Marilyn Tolbert, Ed.D.

Marilyn Tolbert, Ed.D.

Director; Jean W. Roach Chair of Laboratory Schools

Program Area: Laboratory Schools

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Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Marilyn Tolbert, Director and Jean W. Roach Chair of Laboratory Schools at Texas Christian University, joined TCU in 2003. Dr. Tolbert is the Director of the two laboratory schools on the TCU campus – Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School.

Prior to coming to TCU, Dr. Tolbert’s career in education includes 20 years in public school teaching, administration and non-profit management and adjunct instruction. Before embarking on her educational career, she spent 20 years in the business sector in public relations and sales and marketing.

Dr. Tolbert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Masters of Science degree in Administration, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from TCU.

Dr. Tolbert is active in many professional organizations, including the National Down Syndrome Congress, Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, NAEYC, and Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Tolbert has received many honors including Mortar Board Preferred professor, The Michael R. Ferrari Rise to Service Award, Administrator of the Year and The Jean W. Roach Endowed Chair.


Texas Christian University, 2010
Educational Leadership

Texas Christian University, 2000
Educational Administration

Texas Christian University, 1996
Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education

Leadership Positions

Board President – National Down Syndrome Congress, 2014 – present
Board of Directors – National Down Syndrome Congress, 2008 – present
Board of Directors – Green Oaks School – 2008 – present
Past President and Board of Directors – Down Syndrome Partnership of  Tarrant County – 2005 – 2011
Past Board President and Board of Directors – Kauffman Leadership Academy – 2010 – 2013

Academic Areas

Play and Creativity
Early Childhood Curriculum
Family Engagement
Down Syndrome
Learning Disabilities

Research Areas

Play and Learning
Family FunPacks
Down Syndrome
Learning Disabilities