Alumni Action: Teaching through Mathematics – Anne Estapa
Anne Estapa, (M.Ed, '05) is currently an Assistant Professor of Education at Iowa State University. She is conducting research as a professor as well as teaching her students and building relationships with area public schools.
Many say that education is one of life’s great gifts. Anne Estapa, 2002 graduate of Mathematics has, been teaching as her profession and enjoys he work immensely.
Estapa left UNI very thankful of her education.
“I truly could not have asked for a better experience at UNI. I gained a foundation of teaching and learning that has positioned me for success throughout every stage of my career,” she said.
Along with her experience in academics, Estapa also created many positive memories of her time at the Panther athletic events, walking around campus in the rain and having dinner with friends at the Campbell Hall Dining Center.
After receiving her BA in Elementary Education, Estapa pursued a Masters of Education which she achieved in 2005. After graduating from UNI, she received her PhD from the University of Missouri in 2012.
During the time following her graduation from UNI, Estapa taught elementary and middle school classrooms at the now closed Malcom Price Laboratory School.
“It was there that I gained experience and knowledge about teaching through working with colleagues, students and pre-service teachers,” she explained.
Estapa found the position she currently holds teaching Mathematics Education at Iowa State University. “I enjoy many aspects of my current position, but none more than working with future teachers!” she said.
While at Iowa State, Estapa received the Iowa State University; College of Human Sciences Early Achievement in Outreach Award in 2014. She was also selected as a National Science Foundation; Service, Teaching and Research Fellow in 2013. Also at Iowa State, Estapa is conducing funded research on video-based learning courses and the combination of engineering design principles and elementary education preparation programs.
Estapa is also enjoying life outside of work. “I am the mother of two young boys, three-years and six-months old, so my husband (John Estapa, UNI Alumni 2004) are often busy enjoying life’s adventures with a toddler and baby!” she said.
Going forward, Estapa hopes to continue to make a difference in teaching and to have an impact on the education of teachers and students.