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TCU staff to be honored on World Down Syndrome Day

The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas will honor Libby Middleton and Marilyn Tolbert for their ongoing dedication to and support for individuals with Down syndrome as part of a celebration for World Down Syndrome Day March 21.

Middleton and Tolbert are longtime staff members at KinderFrogs School at TCU, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with developmental delays such as Down syndrome, a congenital disorder that is caused by having an extra 21st chromosome.

Middleton, lead teacher in the toddler classroom at KinderFrogs, will receive the Outstanding Educator Award as a tribute to the work she has done for students and their families. She joined TCU in 2008 following a four-year career in the public school system. Middleton has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from TCU.

Tolbert will receive the Legacy Award in recognition of her dedication—both personally and professionally—to the Down syndrome community. Tolbert, director of KinderFrogs and the Jean W. Roach Chair of Laboratory Schools at TCU,  is an active member of the National Down Syndrome Congress. She is a three-time TCU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in Administration and a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

“The Down Syndrome Advocacy Awards honor individuals who go above and beyond their formal job responsibilities to fight for inclusion and the rights of individuals with Down syndrome,” said Kim Rocha, executive director for DSPNT. “Libby and Marilyn were chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted by their peers and the families we serve.”

The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas provides support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

To learn more about KinderFrogs and how the school prepares preschoolers with Down syndrome for traditional classrooms, read TCU Magazine’s feature story published in 2017.