Hector Ibarra is a middle school science teacher at the Belin Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa and the 2010-2011 State Hygienic Laboratory ambassador. Nationally lauded for his expertise in science, Dr. Ibarra taught general and earth science for 30 years at West Branch Middle School in Iowa and has won dozens of grants and honors, including a National Teacher of the Year award in 2005, a $30,000 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching Ambassador Fellowship, and a Milken National Educator Award.
Dr. Ibarra has served as a consultant for many groups, including stints as a University of Iowa evaluator, a reviewer for the ACT and the National Research Council, and a standing committee member for the National Assessment of Educational Progress science assessments. Since 2010, he has been a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, serving on its assessment development and nominations committees.
Dr. Ibarra received his doctorate, master's, and bachelor's degrees in science education from the University of Iowa.