State Department of Education sealAll regular meetings of the Board of Directors are scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of the month and will begin at 2 p.m. Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will be held at the offices of the State Board of Education at the address below. As always, the public is welcome to attend, though seating may be limited.

Up Next: Regular Board Meeting - October 13th, 2020

Please note how you, the public, can participate.

  • 1. By joining our Zoom meeting.
  • 2. In person in the Lewis & Clark Conference Room at the State Department of Education offices in Boise. Masks MUST be worn in the meeting, and social distancing will be in place.

The meeting agenda and other supporting details are now posted. Click the link below to view the files.

Sherri Ybarra

Board Chair, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Sherri Ybarra was elected and took office on January 5, and has served as Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2015. She was awarded “Outstanding Educator” twice in her career, and has experience with receiving numerous, progressive grant proposals and projects such as acquiring funding for educational advancements in 21st century technology, learning labs, and mastery-based education. As State Superintendent of Public Instruction, she understands the importance of ensuring students have the necessary resources and support to succeed in the 21st Century—this ongoing effort is the vision of her administration, which is “Supporting Schools and Students to Achieve.”

Dr. Bill Russell

Member, Citizen at Large

Dr. Bill Russell serves as Executive Director for Community Relations and General Counsel for Northwest Nazarene University. Formerly, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and an Assistant to the President of the University at NNU; he has also held a position as Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics and has taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs at the School of Business. In past years, he served as Director of the NNU MBA program and was responsible for creation of innovative new MBA programs.

Mike Gibson

Member, Blind or Visually Impaired Citizen

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Jason Hillman

Member, Director of Special Education.

Jason Hillman is the Director of Special Education for the Nampa School District. During his 20+ years in education with the Nampa School District he has served in a variety of roles: high school social studies teacher, high school and middle school vice principal, elementary school principal and developmental preschool principal.

Steven Stubbs

Member, Citizen who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Steven G Stubbs grew up in the east, attending both the Deaf School and the public school. He continued his education at Gallaudet University and completed his degree in computer science with an emphasis in mathematics at the University of Maryland – College Park. Since his wife is from Idaho, they moved to the state immediately after his graduation, where he worked at several technology companies before became self employed as a language consultant. Currently, Steven teaches at Idaho State University's Sign Language Interpreting program.

The Stubbs have six children – three boys and three girls. Over the years, Steven has served in various leadership capacities in schools, church, careers and communities, including four terms on the Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board at St Alphonsus.

Kathleen Crowley

Member, Certified or Specialized Personnel

Kathleen Crowley has been the principal of Ponderosa Elementary School in the West Ada School District for the past twelve years. Ponderosa has the magnet program that serves students who are deaf or hard of hearing who reside in the west area of the Treasure Valley. Kathy also has administrative experience with IESDB preschool and kindergarten total communication (sign language and speech) and auditory-oral (aural and speech) programs in the public school setting.

Cathi Pierson

Member, Citizen at Large

Cathi Pierson has worked as an Audiologist with various Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians in Florida, Alaska and Idaho. She was also the Audiologist at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind as well as owner and manager of her own private practice in Gooding, Idaho. Cathi is certified by and a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and also holds an Idaho Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters license.

Cathi graduated from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, with a master’s degree in Audiology. She has served on several community boards and is currently on the ski patrol at Soldier Mt. Resort with her husband, Tim. They currently live in Gooding where they enjoy a variety of activities with their two wonderful daughters.