The Presidential Award is validation that the projects my students are doing are real-world and authentic. To have their work and my philosophies recognized is an honor and exactly the kind of encouragement that keeps me hungry to connect students with more organizations within our local community and beyond. I look forward to the many new opportunities this may bring my students and me. Many thanks to the people who have supported me along the way to help put me in this fortunate position.

Jordan Estock Wilmington, DE | 7-12, Science, 2019

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Jordan Estock spent the first year of his 11-year career teaching technology education at Dulaney High School and has spent the past 10 years teaching design and engineering at Concord High School. He currently teaches Product Design & Development, Engineering Team Practicum, and Senior Engineering Design Lab to 10th-12th grade students. A focal point of his locally developed curriculum is to connect students with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community members for the purpose of solving authentic, real-world problems. Jordan has presented his work related to the design of assistive technology for people with disabilities at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association National Conference and was the keynote speaker at the Project Search National Cconference. He is currently helping to lead a district initiative designed to increase the number of girls pursuing engineering in high school. Jordan’s students were named back-to-back national champions in the Source America Design Challenge and were national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition. They also received a $10,000 grant from MIT which helped fund a student-made device that went on to receive a U.S. Patent (9715030). Jordan earned a B.S.Ed. in technology education from Millersville University and a M.Ed. in school leadership from Wilmington University. He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in educational leadership from Wilmington University and is set to graduate in May of 2020. He is certified in technology education.