Andrea Estopinal 1-2

Hello! My name is Andrea Estopinal, or as my students in past years have preferred to call me, “Ms. E”, and I am so excited to begin teaching first grade at Stono Park Elementary. I spent most of my childhood in South Florida as part of a large Hispanic family and relocated to North Carolina for college. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2015 and obtained a Master of Education in Elementary Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2019.

Prior to my teaching career, I worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at an outpatient clinic for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. It was through this valuable work experience where my passion was sparked for supporting children to grow and become the best version of themselves. I began my teaching career with Teach For America at Holly Hill Elementary School in Orangeburg County, SC. I taught first grade for three years in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3 before transferring to Charleston County School District.

Aligned with my teaching philosophy, some goals I have for the year are to continue to show my students that I am an advocate for them by creating meaningful connections with them and their families. Additionally, I believe first graders are very impressionable so it is important for me to model resilience and diverse perspective-taking strategies. I aim to honor each of their strengths and weaknesses while celebrating their differences. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to join the Stono Park Elementary community and I am eager to meet you all!