SHERRI YBARRA TOOK A FAILING SCHOOL TO A FOUR STAR SUCCESS IN ONE YEAR.
HOW DID SHE DO IT?
Education is Sherri’s passion and she is on the “front-lines” of education every day. She provided the necessary leadership by taking a team of staff, and students, from failing status to four-star status, without more money. In fact, the school had a deficit.
Academic gains were minimal, support was low, programs had been cut, and there was a top-down approach. Schools such as the one Sherri leads-- have a high poverty rate, a high number of English Language learners, and are considered rural in nature.
Sherri had a vision and plan for a new way of moving forward in education. Grounded in research, the approach included:
- Customizing the needs to each unique student
- Providing comprehensive academic/social/emotional behavioral/health and family needs
- Taking a cost effective approach by leveraging resources in the community and agencies
- Continuously monitoring for effectiveness-- by collecting and analyzing data for evaluative purposes, and using the data to improve service delivery to kids
- Using a team and collaborative approach
- Maintaining a supportive environment for staff and students
Success! A four-star rating from the Idaho State Department of Education, attained Adequate Yearly Progress status from the Federal Government, and improved student attendance and morale.
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR TWICE – 2005 & 2006
Sherri was nominated and received Educator of the Year twice in 2005 and 2006 by her peers and teaching staff.
Sherri will always advocate for students and schools through an understanding of the importance of improving teaching and learning, creating school environments that encourage student success while keeping education modern and relevant.
“Sherri Ybarra is a leader with a progressive vision for Idaho's children, and the courage to see it through.”
Jana Burke, Pine Elementary Teacher
“As our leader, we knew exactly what we were getting with Sherri. She is honest, up-front, and follows-through on decisions we made-- as a team. She worked along-side us and supported us every step of the way.”
Vicki Young, West Elementary Teacher
“Those kids loved coming to school, with Sherri as their leader.” Melissa Luke-Scaff, Parent