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Mrs. Estes

Hello! My name is Mrs. Estes and I will be teaching Sociology and Psychology at Ridge this year! This is my third year at Ridge, and my 16th year in education. I am originally from Wisconsin, where I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse majoring in Secondary Education and Broad field Social Studies and minoring in History and Sociology. After graduating, I decided that I never wanted to live through another Wisconsin winter again, so I packed up and moved to the hottest place that I could think of! 

I have spent my entire career as an educator. I worked in the Deer Valley district for eight years, teaching 8th grade history at West Wing and US History and Sociology at Boulder Creek. I took a five-year break from teaching and worked as a College Counselor, Senior Project Coordinator, and AP Coordinator at BASIS Peoria. I loved helping students get into their dream schools and plan out their futures, but I really missed teaching, so I returned to the classroom here at Ridge! This summer, I completed my Master's Degree in Sociology and my research focused on social stratification, hate crimes, and social change.

In my free time, I LOVE watching sports. Football (Go Packers), baseball (Brewers) and college basketball (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) are my favorites and March Madness is the most magical time of the my professional opinion. I also enjoy going on camping adventures with my husband and two cats and I try to hike and enjoy nature whenever I can. I enjoy a good nap and like to read in whatever free time I have time and I’ll never say no to a great cheese platter.