People Matter: Our Children’s Keeper


Andrea Acquaro Ribelin is a Lancaster native, and graduate of Buford High School. After high school Andrea got her undergraduate from the University of South Carolina and worked in business for 3 years. Andrea continued her education and received her master’s degree in Elementary Education from USC along with a double master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University.

Andrea has been an educator for 19 years and is the current principal at Buford Elementary School. Not only is Andrea a gifted educator, but also an amazing leader and encourager to her fellow teachers at Buford Elementary. Andrea said, “I believe everyone has purpose and special, God-given gifts. My hope is to help those around me discover their strengths and encourage them to use them to make our world a better place”.

Outside of school, Andrea loves spending time with her family! She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Glenn Ribelin, Jr. for 22 years. They have two daughters, Sydney, a junior at Presbyterian College and Sophie, a senior at Buford High School, who plans to attend Presbyterian College in the fall. She is also a member at Unity A.R.P. Church. Her love language is food! She enjoys baking and sharing yummy treats with others.

When asked about her greatest accomplishments and role in this community she said, “Being involved in my community is important to me. As an avid sports fan,  I enjoy spending time with our school families cheering on the Buford High School Yellow Jackets. I am fortunate to live my calling each and every day and get to serve the community that helped raise me. One of the greatest accomplishments I will ever have is to make a positive difference in the life of a child”.