B.F.A. in Theater, University of New Mexico
M.S.W. Tulane School of Social Work
Estilla is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico in Theater Performance. She is a double threat, but cannot dance. Estilla spent some time in Japan after graduation, and at the earliest opportunity moved to New Orleans. She taught high school Special Education for three years at Walter L. Cohen High School. For two of those years she was the Department Chairperson.
In 2010, Estilla matriculated into the Master of Social Work program at Tulane University, where she served a year internship in the Mayor's Office of Constituent Studies, and received her Master of Social Work degree with a Disaster Mental Health Certificate. She also volunteered at Hollygrove Farm and Market.
She then returned to New Mexico, where she spent three years as a bilingual child, adolescent, and family therapist, and earned her LCSW. During this time she taught the Psychological First Aid classes for the American Red Cross in various locations across the state.
Estilla moved back to New Orleans in 2015 to study on the social work track in the City, Culture, and Community program. She recently served as a panelist at a professional development conference about Early Warning Systems for school dropout, hosted by Johns Hopkins University. Her area of interest is special education in the charter school movement.
Special Education Charter School Movement Policy