Name of Fangirl: Andrea
Fangirl’s Occupation: Middle School Science and Reading Teacher
What is her fangirl interest?
Andrea loves all of the Star Wars movies and books, Harry Potter movies and books. She loves to read. Obi Wan, Han Solo, Boba Fett and Padme are her favorite Star Wars characters. She also loves to watch Star Trek (TV and movies), and Once Upon a Time. And she loves everything Disney! She has shared these interests with her children (her son is a Star Wars fan and when he was little they would have lightsaber battles outside – her daughter is a Star Trek fan), and her students.
Why did you decide to shine the spotlight on this fangirl?
Andrea has been hooked on Star Wars since it came out the summer before she was in 6th grade. She has lived and breathed Star Wars since she was a child. She loves to read the books, comics, talk about Star Wars, draw Star Wars, she collects many different types of Star Wars memorabilia (Stuffed toys, clocks, Legos, books, mugs, key chains, clothes, pins etc.), and owns almost all of the Star Wars books. Before having knee surgery this spring one of her students gave her a stuffed Chewbacca to keep her company! Several students call her Jedi Master (even after they have graduated!). She has been a devoted fan since 1977, and inspires her students to be original, creative, and shares her love of Star Wars with them in the Star Wars club. Her students are her padawans! She couldn’t wait to get to Disney World to ride the Star Tours after it was redone…at least four times in a row! Her living room is decorated with Star Wars teaser posters from episodes 1, 2, and 3, a Clone Wars poster, and Star Wars episode plates from 4, 5 and 6.
How does this fangirl express her fandom?
She has had Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan and Obi-Two goldfish and has a Build a Bear cat named Hermione dressed as a Jedi. Her husband had a custom made Jedi robe made for her which she wears for Halloween and special occasions (Star Wars club usually) as needed. She started the Star Wars lunch club at the middle school she teaches at in 2005 which typically involves 11-28 6th graders each year.
What is her favorite quote or personal motto?
“Do or do not. There is no try.”
What is her favorite fangirl item that she cannot live without?
Her personalized Jedi robe that her husband had made for her and her Her Universe Rebellion earrings. She hopes to get a Star Wars charm bracelet soon.