Kristy EstokAcademy of Hospitality and TourismBusiness & Marketing DepartmentDECA Advisor
Lee County High School's Academy of Hospitality and Tourism is directed by Ms. Kristy Estok. In the academy, students have the opportunity to participate in a cohort of classes with their peers all through their high school years. This cohort builds teamwork and communication skills, but most of all friendships that will last a lifetime. The academy consists of 8 honors courses that provide students with a multitude of work-based learning experiences-- such as the pride of coordinating and running events within the school or community. Students may also visit industry sites such as Carowinds, The Temple Theatre, or local day spas and restaurants. They also learn the internal rewards of volunteering through community service, and the challenge of assessing their final projects as they present to local business leaders.
Curriculum is designed to heavily engage students in the hospitality and tourism industry and provides exposure and experience in customer service, event planning, sustainable tourism, and finance which fosters and supports the development of vital 21st century skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking, and collaboration.
Kristy Estok earned her Bachelor of Science from Penn State University, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, with an Minor in Business Administration, and her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Point Park University. She joined Lee County High School as the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Director and Marketing Teacher in Fall of 2016. She teaches because she believes in the unlimited potential of every students and has a passion to help them discover it.