Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

June 4, 2014

Sequoyah Elementary’s Self retires after 30 years of teaching


Few people can say they have worked more than half their life doing what they love; and even fewer can say they have spent their total professional life in one place. 
“I have loved every day from the beginning,” said Libby Self who walked out the double doors of Sequoyah Elementary School this year for the last time for 30 years.
She has not only spent all her professional life teaching at Sequoyah, but it is where she graduated from high school. And, not only that, it has all been in elementary —fi rst and second grade.
Her day hasn’t always ended with the final bell. She has tutored after school and has that same broad smile when she walks the students to the pickup line as they arrive in the morning.
Self has also been involved in Great Expectations three or four weeks of summers, taking very little time off.
She moved to the Sequoyah area when she was a high school junior, then attended Claremore Junior College and Northeastern State University, where she was in Delta Zeta Sorority. Married to her high school sweetheart, Mike Self, while in college, they have continued to live in the Sequoyah area. She completed her degree commuting daily to Tahlequah.
During their early-married life, she followed the appearances of the Country Cousins, later known as Stonehorse Band, made up of the Self and Talbert cousins.
The Self's have two sons, Michael, who works at Marble Elegance, the family-owned business, and Travis, a University of Oklahoma senior petroleum engineering major. He is interning this summer with the Osage Nation.
After many years of rigid schedules, Libby Self looks forward to just staying home. 
She wants some spontaneity in her life, more time with her husband. 
She may wave out the back door and at the Marble Elegance entry and convince him to to take a day off, or a trip not planned around a school vacation.

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