My name is Jeanne Estok, and I am one of three first grade teachers here at Independence Elementary School. I lived in Aliquippa for many years of my life, so I am familiar with this area. I currently reside in the city of Pittsburgh.
I attended the Aliquippa public school system. Upon graduation from Aliquippa High School, I enrolled in classes at, what was then, Edinboro State College. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary (K-8) and Special Education (Learning Support and Socially and Emotionally Disturbed Children). I continued my educational pursuits at Duquesne University. While there I achieved a Master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts, and a Reading Specialist certification.
From when I was young, I always wanted to be a teacher. I began my teaching career working with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit as a Learning Support teacher. After a year in the Aliquippa and Beaver School Districts, I received an assignment at the now closed Johnson Street Elementary School in the Hopewell Area School District. When Hopewell decided to manage their own special needs classrooms, I left the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit to work In Hopewell. I was a learning support teacher in Hopewell for 21 years. Feeling like I needed a change in educational direction, I took a job as a regular elementary teacher in the district. I have taught both second and first grades since my decision.
I am humbled to be able to have the chance to educate your child. I hope your child’s educational experience with me is both richly rewarding and fun along the way.