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Dr. Hector Ibarra (IA '93)

Independent Consultant, STEM Education

At the time of the Award, Dr. Hector Ibarra was:

West Branch Middle School
West Branch, IA

Subject(s) taught: Biology/Life Science, Earth Science/Space Science
Grade(s): 6, 7, 8

Biographical Information

 Dr. Hector Ibarra is the Co-Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) WeatherFest, a public outreach of the AMS program.  He received the Milken Educator Award in 1993.  He was appointed to the: 1) 2006-07 National Assessment of Education Progress committee; 2) 2008-2009 Classroom Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education; 3) 2011 mid-west Regional Advisory Committee; and a 4-year term to the National Assessment Governing Board (2010-14).  Previously he was a science teacher for 34 years and department chair where he taught 6th grade physical, 7th grade earth, and 8th grade life science.  Dr. Ibarra's innovations relate to environmental, energy and health awareness, including a community focus with students applying the scientific process to community environmental issues.  Students received more than $1,000,000 in saving bonds/cash as finalists or winning 35 national contests. Students presented in Tokyo, Costa Rica, the United Nations and 15 metropolitan cities in the U.S.  In 1993, he was cited by President Clinton for excellence in science teaching.  In 1998, Dr. Ibarra’s energy/environmental initiatives were cited by President Clinton in his national address to the nation on global warming.  He was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1998 and identified as a 2002 USA Today’s First Team teacher.  He received a 2002 Christa McAuliffe fellowship, a 2004 DisneyHand educator award, and was 2005 PDK Wal Mart National Teacher of the year.   He was selected as a Fulbright recipient to Russia and Japan, and twice named a Fulbright Master Teacher in Japan.  He is a past president of one of the National Associations of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (APAST) and the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association.


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Related Connections

Article: On the Hill: Milken Educators Meet with Congress

Article: Why Not Us? The Milken Educator Mentoring Program

Milestone: Shannon Garrison (CA '08) and Dr. Hector Ibarra (IA '93) on National Assessment Governing Board Committee

Article: Dr. Hector Ibarra: Proving Educators Can Make a Difference

Milestone: Dr. Hector Ibarra (IA '93) Named 2011 Environmental and Public Health Ambassador

Milestone: Hector Ibarra's (IA '93) Students Win "We Can Change the World Challenge"

Additional Information


2005 2005 University of Iowa, Ph.D.

1992 University of Iowa, M.S.

1975 University of Iowa, B.A.

Inquiry and Constructivist teaching. energy and environmental issues.