Hana Epstein

Hana Epstein

Classroom Teacher, Grade 5


As a classroom teacher my goal is to create a safe space for students to grow, learn, and become independent. I encourage my students to ask questions and I work to stimulate their curiosity for a variety of subject areas. I hope to motivate my students to break out of their shells, try their best, and not be afraid to make mistakes. So often, mistakes are how we learn.

Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Elementary Education and from Texas A&M Commerce with an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education. Prior to coming to Arlington I taught in the Richardson Independent School District and at the Parish Episcopal School in Texas.

Personal Interests

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and am a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. I also love to watch my Oklahoma Sooners play football on Saturdays. I am a huge fan of everything Disney. You won’t find me without my Mickey Mouse ring on. When I’m not working you can find me with my dog, Flynn, doing some sort of arts and crafts, or hiding out with a good book.

Literary Connection

Growing up I was not allowed to watch television on school days and if I wanted to watch television or play on the computer on the weekend I had to read 30 minutes first so reading has always been my primary form of entertainment. Some of my favorite books include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Stargirl by Jerry Spinellli, The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop, The Anybodies by N. E. Bode, The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, and The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson.