New candidate enters superintendent’s race

Written by on Feb 12th, 2014. | Copyright © IdahoEdNews.org

Sherri Ybarra

Sherri Ybarra

A Mountain Home educator is jumping into the open Republican race for state schools superintendent.

Sherri Ybarra says she will focus on three areas in her campaign: providing students with 21st century abilities, not overtesting students, and providing students with a safe and supportive environment.

I have proven myself as an effective leader with the commitment and vision it takes to make positive changes in education, and I’ve done this by being hands-on, experienced, dedicated and hard-working,” Ybarra said in a news release Wednesday.

Ybarra has worked in several educational capacities over 17 years, as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, federal programs director and curriculum director.

Ybarra joins two other announced Republican candidates: John Eynon, a Grangeville resident who teaches high school music and drama; and Randy Jensen, an American Falls principal. Several other Republicans have said they are mulling the race. Jana Jones, a former deputy state superintendent, is the lone Democrat in the race.

Here is Ybarra’s news release, in full:

With nearly 17 years of experience as classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, federal programs director and curriculum director, Sherri Ybarra announced her candidacy for state superintendent of public instruction.

“Education is my focus and passion, proven through my dedication and experience in the profession,” Ybarra said. Not only is Ybarra experienced in educational leadership, but she also has extensive education in her chosen field that makes her particularly qualified to serve as Idaho’s next superintendent of public instruction. She holds a B.A. in elementary education, an M.A. in educational leadership, and this summer she’ll be graduating from the University of Idaho with an Ed. S.E.D. in educational leadership, with an emphasis in superintendency.

Ybarra has also demonstrated her capacity as a qualified educational leader having previously led a school from failing status to four-star status – even when the students had a high rate of poverty and many were English language learners. She states: “I have proven myself as an effective leader with the commitment and vision it takes to make positive changes in education, and I’ve done this by being hands-on, experienced, dedicated and hard-working.”

Ybarra has experience helping schools find the resources they need to give their students the best education possible. As a principal, she obtained a “Fuel Up to Play 60” grant that improved technology and increased healthy physical activity. And she is currently working on a STEM project and utilizing grant writing as a creative and innovative way to fund more programs.

After 11 years as a classroom teacher, and 6 years as a school and district administrator, Ybarra is positioned to build a sustainable educational model that addresses the needs of the entire child. With a campaign slogan of “Address the Whole Child,” she intends to focus on three areas that will improve education for Idaho’s children for generations to come: Giving our children 21st century abilities, not overtesting them and increasing safety and support.

Stay tuned for more information about the campaign. Ybarra will be a Republican candidate in the May 20th 2014 primary election.

 

  • Rick Fletcher

    Why would a news organization simply repeat a press release? How about telling us something about this person? Ya know, do some reporting?

    I’ve tried to be supportive of this project. I follow your reports daily. I comment. But I’m about to give up. I don’t see much analysis or value added.

    • Kevin Richert

      Rick: We will provide in-depth coverage of this race, and much more about all the candidates in the three-plus months leading up to the primary. We are juggling elections news, as well as coverage at the Legislature. I thought it best, this morning, to provide the news that another candidate has entered the race.
      Kevin Richert

  • Rick Fletcher

    Thank you for a reply. One of the other reasons I get frustrated by IEN coverage is that I am unsure if this is a news source or a blog. The writers rarely engage the audience, so it makes me think you are not a blog. I know you made a post here but I believe it is the first time that’s happened, at least to me, a consistent repeat customer. But I can’t imagine you posting an unedited press release when you worked for a newspaper, but I might be wrong. Thanks again.

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