The Curious Student Foundation Board of Directors believes strongly in the mission of the organization and is committed to helping students and educators realize their potential as learners.
Debby Kurti is the Disruptive Learning Strategist for Table Top Inventing and a Computer Information Systems professor at Victor Valley College. She has been teaching technology to teachers, administrators, students, and lifelong learners at all levels of education from K-12 through graduate school for over twenty years. Mrs. Kurti earned her MA in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.
Mrs. Kurti has served as a volunteer for numerous youth organizations, including her role as a 4-H project and community club leader; her tenth year as a workshop facilitator for Expanding Your Horizons, an organization that provides gateway STEM experiences to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers; five years as the technology coordinator for a large homeschool group; five years as a board member of the Ridgecrest Charter School; and as a site council member for various local K8 schools that her children attended. Her current academic pursuits include maker education as a tool to engage students and deepen learning, academic uses of social media, & online learning.
Mrs. Kurti is the founder of The Curious Student Foundation, as well as the President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Mrs. Kurti conducts individual assessments of each candidate identified by the organization as a possible candidate for services, in order to determine their level of desire to participate and ability to participate in the Organization’s programs.
Dr. R. Steven Kurti, Jr. is a classically trained PhD physicist and an entrepreneur by experience. He has experience working in the government sector, undergraduate and graduate education, as well as private sector startups. His expertise ranges from technical skills in the field of lasers and electro-optics to personnel and project management. Educationally, he is a constructivist and constructionist with a strong emphasis in project-based learning for young adults, specifically technical instructional design for hands-on technical learning. He loves to see the “lights come on” for students and has a passion to extend meaningful project-based learning to all curious students. Dr. Kurti serves as Vice-President of the organization and is a member of the Board of Directors.
Stephen Bralley is Superintendent of Education for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; he oversees 16 preK- 12 grade schools in Kentucky and Tennessee. He served as a teaching principal, 7th-8th grade, at Shoal Creek SDA School in Peachtree City, Ga. Before serving in Georgia, he was the principal at Great Plains Academy in Enterprise, Kans. where he contributed as boys’ dean, teacher, and as the head administrator for 9 years.
Mr. Bralley began his teaching career in the public school system of Putnam County, Tenn., and in addition to his expertise as both a teacher and an administrator, is fully endorsed in Elementary Education, Multi-grade education, and on the Secondary level in the areas of Social Studies, History, English, and Civics. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University and is will finish a Masters in Learning Technology from Pepperdine University this spring.
Mr. Bralley has also served as Associate Director at Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. His love for youth, teaching talent, expertise in technology, and his devotion to education, combined with his demonstrated ability to work well with educators and students is an valuable asset to the foundation. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Bralley currently serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Organization.
Dr. Eric Hennigan spent a decade toiling in academia to receive a Bachelor’s in Physics and Applied Math from UCLA and a PhD in Computer Science from UCI. He successfully escaped those institutions into private industry, where he applies his software engineering skills to solve hard problems at Google. Though he doesn’t recommend a route of formal schooling, he strongly values education as it occurs everywhere in life for those with a growth mindset.
Eric loves to hear about new technologies and excitedly shares ideas that he’s encountered. He’s willing to share perspectives, advice, and tips on productivity, study habits, and feedback loops. He’s good at making time to support those looking to learn more and loves acting as a sounding board for half-baked ideas, so feel free to reach out via email or other means.