Eric Ruiz Bybee is an Assistant Professor in the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in Cultural Studies in Education while at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests concern the role of race and cultural knowledge in teacher preparation.
Eric began his career in education as New York City public school teacher. He spent four years teaching science to bilingual special education students at a Title 1 middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood. While at his school Eric also planned, wrote, and implemented a $250,000 GE Middle School Success grant as a part of a small team to improve science education and establish a whole-school advisory program. As an undergraduate, Eric conducted ethnographic field research in Guatemala that was funded by the National Science Foundation. As a graduate student, he presented research at regional, national, and international conferences, and published his work in book chapters and journal articles.
Eric received bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University in 2007, where he graduated with university honors. As a Teach for America corps member, he also received an M.S in Special Education from Pace University in 2009.