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Jeff Dillon

Jeff Dillon (R) Wilder, was raised in Wilder on a small farm and is superintendent of the Wilder School District and principal at Wilder Elementary. He attended Holmes Elementary for kindergarten through sixth grade then transferred to Greenleaf Friends Academy, graduating in 1984.

He then went to Washington, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. He served many communities as a pastor and youth pastor for 17 years.

Following his passion for teaching, he returned to school and in 2001 he received his masters in teaching from Heritage University and taught middle school science and reading in a Title 1 District.

In 2007, he returned to his hometown as elementary principal and Title 1 Director for the Wilder School District.

During his tenure as principal, he successfully turned around a targeted failing rural, 100-percent free and reduced lunch, school-wide Title 1 School. His school was the recipient of the National Title I Association Distinguished School award in 2012, and the International Reading Associations’ Exemplary Reading Program in 2011.

As a result of his successful leadership as the elementary principal, Jeff was hired to lead the Wilder School District as the District’s Superintendent of Schools in December, 2012 in addition to his K-5 principal role. His leadership is one of passion, character, team building and creating a culture of success, with an intense focus for the success of every student and staff.

In 2016 Mr. Dillon was invited to the White House for a conversation with Leading Districts in Innovations in Personalized Learning.

In addition to his leadership within the District, Jeff is the Chairman for Idaho Association of School Administrators Legislative Priorities Committee; member of the AASA Personalized Learning Cohort; AASA Collaborative; AASA Rural Superintedents Steering Committee; Strategic Advisory Committee; Board-Savvy Superintendent; Co-owner of a consulting company, Rural American Resources for Education; and is a national education leadership speaker. Most recently Jeff has presented at the Idaho Title 1 Conference, Global MindED Education Conference and the Atlantic Education Summit in Washing DC.

Source: Wilder Schools website

Sherri Ybarra

Sherri Ybarra (R) Mountain Home, said it has been her honor to serve as Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction and that she is thrilled for the opportunity to continue to a second term to create a bright future for our students and Idaho.

"I am running for re-election because like you, I know that Idaho needs strong experienced leadership to make sure our kids are getting the education they deserve," she wrote.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in all phases of education, such as classroom teacher, vice principal, principal, federal programs director, curriculum director and Idaho State Superintendent. Ybarra holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.S. with an emphasis in the Superintendence and she is working on the completion of her Doctorate.

"After living in Idaho for over 20 years I consider myself a true Idahoan." she wrote. "I live in Mountain Home with my husband of 18 years and my 17-year-old son. I enjoy family time and make it a priority, with such activities as bowling, swimming, and baseball."

She said she is a strong advocate for local control of schools.

"On statewide decisions impacting children, I pledge to continue my collaborative vision and plan for education, working side-by-side with the Idaho Legislature and other elected leadership," she wrote. "I plan to maintain my 'service first' agenda with Idaho's school districts. My motto still is, and will continue to be: 'Supporting Schools and Students to Achieve.'"

Source: Candidate's website