Sherri Ybarra is Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was elected in 2014 as Idaho’s 25th Superintendent of Public Instruction and re-elected in 2018. Before her election as one of the state’s constitutional officers, she served nearly two decades of service in Idaho schools as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and federal program director. She was recognized as the Mountain Home School District’s “Outstanding Educator” twice.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri oversees more than 323,000 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.
Sherri earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from West Liberty State College in West Virginia, and two degrees from the University of Idaho: an M.A. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.S. with an emphasis in the superintendency. She is pursuing a doctorate in education.
She lives in Mountain Home with her husband, a federal police officer. Their son graduated from Idaho public schools and is attending the University of Idaho.