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meet Sherri

Superintendent Sherri Ybarra was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, and has served as Idaho’s 25th Superintendent of Public Instruction, overseeing K-12 education statewide, since 2015.

As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri understands the importance of supporting schools and students to achieve and embedded this vision in her administration’s goals:

  • All Idaho children are reading on-grade-level by third grade

  • All Idaho students persevere in life and are ready for college and careers

  • All education stakeholders collaborate to support student progress and achievement

  • Idaho attracts and retains great teachers and leaders


In her role Sherri leads more than 313,000 students, 736 schools, 115 districts and 61 charters.  She also serves as an ex-officio voting member and executive secretary of the Idaho State Board of Education, as Chairman of the Board of Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind and as a member of the State Board of Land Commissioners.

For more than two decades Sherri has dedicated her career to education, starting as a third grade teacher and advancing to serve as a federal programs director, vice-principal and principal in Idaho elementary and junior high schools.  She was named “Outstanding Educator” twice.

Sherri earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from West Liberty State College in West Virginia, an M.A. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.S. with an emphasis in the superintendency from the University of Idaho.  She’s currently pursuing a doctorate in education.  

Sherri and her husband have a son who graduated from Mountain Home High School and is attending the University of Idaho.

Sherri Ybarra is a proven, effective leader with the experience, commitment and vision to move education forward and make positive changes for Idaho students.

Sherri believes that:

  • Local Control and Parental Involvement are Essential for Student Success

  • Idaho Curriculum Should Reflect Idaho Values and Idaho Beliefs

  • Education Provides the Solid Foundation for our Children’s Future

  • Students Learn Best in the Classroom

  • All Students Should be College or Career Ready

Sherri’s Priorities:

Maintain in-person learning for all students

Continue Idaho’s momentum to improve student achievement

Establish optional full-day kindergarten for Idaho students

Ensure all students are reading at grade level at the end of third grade

Ensure all students are ready for career and college when they graduate

Support and improve parent and student engagement

Increase school choice and increased learning opportunities for students

Continue improving teacher recruitment and retention

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