Meet Srta. Estes
Spanish B, F, 3; Homeroom 8; Physical Education 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your work — not so much the goals that are in your job description, but the goals you hold personally?
Through my teaching, I aim to instill the same core values of critical thinking and social engagement that I received through my education at Hudson. My goal is to cultivate in students the thinking capabilities that enable them to engage critically and analytically with the academic material they encounter and then by extension with the world around them. Learning a second language is a unique opportunity for students to gain exposure to and engage with realities that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Thus, students acquire broadening perspectives and relational thinking skills. Always, through teaching my goal is to imbue the values of Compassion and Empathy.
Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
Dr. Charles Case was my high school World Civilizations and US History 2 teacher at Hudson. He remains a key figure who has influenced my convictions as a teacher and as an individual. He empowered me to become a critical thinker by teaching us never to accept something as Divine factual truth solely because of where it appears or by whom it is uttered. He taught us to be aware of our role as consumers in a capitalist society, he was the first person to teach me about Freud’s concepts of the Id, Ego, and the Superego, and he stressed on us that history is a narrative written by someone(s), a non-objective narrative that favors victors and selectively (and self-servingly) omits the voices of others. Additionally, the note taking format he meticulously graded us on remains to this day the one that I use in my daily writing and organization.
Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today? Tell me about them.
Several years ago I unexpectedly had a blood clot. A medical surprise to both me and to doctors, the “situation” resulted in the removal of both the clot and one of my top ribs, providing a hopefully permanent solution to this peculiar predicament. The occasion occurred in the middle of my intensive year of grad school in Spain, fortuitously a day before I was scheduled to come home anyway for vacation. It reminded me of the true priorities in life, revived the easily forgotten gratitude for health and well being, and taught me that no matter how stressful and trying an endeavor or climate of my life is, that it is never worth losing a rib over.