Kurtis Indorf currently serves as the Executive Director of Great Hearts Online, leading the design, development, launch, and growth of Great Hearts’ classical online academies. Mr. Indorf joined Great Hearts Texas as the Executive Director of Instruction, charged with launching and leading a new strategy and team to support strong instruction and achievement across Great Hearts’ growing school network in Texas. Mr. Indorf also provides executive level consulting and systems advising to select clients as the Founder and Managing Partner of Build the Future, LLC. Furthermore, he serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Compass Rose Education, a high performing and rapidly growing charter network in San Antonio, TX.
Previously, Mr. Indorf served in various leadership roles at KIPP Public Charter Schools, including Chief Academic Officer, Chief People Officer, Deputy Chief of Academics, and Head of Schools. Before joining KIPP, Mr. Indorf was the founding Executive Director of The Achievement Network in Colorado building partnerships with district and charter systems across the state to develop leaders’ skill in leadership development and data-informed teaching and learning. Also in Colorado, he served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Charter School Institute’s board of directors, an independent state agency and the only state-wide charter authorizer in Colorado.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Indorf served in four founding school and district leadership roles at Achievement First, a public, charter management organization running 30+ schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. He started his career teaching English Language Learners in Phoenix, Arizona through Teach for America.
Kurtis Indorf lives in San Antonio with his wife, three daughters, and dog. He received a Master’s of Science in Education from Arizona State University with a focus in secondary English curriculum and instruction and a Bachelor’s of Science from Ithaca College in Integrated Marketing Communications and Legal Studies.
Dejah Behnke serves as Vice President for Great Hearts Online. She is a seasoned non-profit leader in the education space with experience in growth, development, board governance, external affairs, communication, public relations, strategic planning, and marketing. She has worked in the field of education for 12 years and has been with Great Hearts since 2017.
Dejah graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Public Policy, and will begin her online graduate studies at Tulane University in 2021, where she will pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and enroll in the nationally recognized K-12 Education Leadership Certification program.
In addition to her role with Great Hearts Online, Dejah serves on the Great Hearts America senior team as Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Communication and sits on Great Hearts Texas leadership team in the role of Vice President of Advancement. She leads marketing, communication, and fundraising for Great Hearts, and is charged with developing and managing the execution of strategic plans related to growth, expansion, and student enrollment. Dejah and her team are hyper-focused on delivering a top-notch K-12 classical education to families. She is incredibly mission-driven and personally passionate about providing more families the opportunity to enroll their children in a Great Hearts Academy.
In a volunteer capacity, Dejah serves as chairwoman of the San Antonio Preparatory Charter School governing board. She is a founding and active member on the San Antonio PK-12 Education Forum Committee, the Tarrant County School Choice Coalition, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Great Hearts America. She is married to a veteran teacher who just celebrated 17 years with Northside ISD, and their son graduated high school in May. The Behnkes have chaperoned 280 students on educational tours to China, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. In addition to her love for exploration, Dejah is a musician and art enthusiast.
Heidi Vasiloff currently serves as the Headmaster of Great Hearts Online.
There are few things as fulfilling or as joyful as seeing the light in a child’s eyes when they have discovered a new truth. I believe teaching children is a privilege and a gift and I am humbled and thankful to have had the opportunity to be a small part of their story.
Heidi Vasiloff grew up in a small town in Arizona and earned a BS in wildlife biology from ASU. Planning to become a game warden, she soon found her true calling – to teach about wildlife and the outdoors. She started her career creating curriculum and providing teacher In-service training for the National Wildlife Federation, New Mexico Department of Fish and Game, and Arizona Game and Fish Department. After serving as the Regional Coordinator for AZGFD, she transitioned into a consulting position, focusing on business processes and design, working with companies across the globe. Even as a consultant she continued to work with teachers and children, serving as an executive director of a not-for-profit and running an outdoor education business. She found Great Hearts when she was seeking a school for her children and the classroom called her back. Heidi started as a science teacher for Trivium Prep and eventually served as the Headmaster for over five years.
Mrs. Vasiloff is the proud mother of twins who graduated in 2020 from Great Hearts Trivium Prep and who now attend Whitworth University in Spokane Washington. Leaving her beloved Arizona for her husband’s job, she now lives in Colorado Springs. She is an avid birder, who loves to read and travel. She has been able to watch birds all over the world – from Australia to Europe and looks to one day see them in Africa!
Jay Bachhuber is a designer, researcher, and artist who, as Great Hearts Online’s Director of Learning Design, leads the effort to translate classical liberal arts pedagogy into a new online format. Jay brings thirteen years of experience in education to this task, having designed everything from web and print materials to workshops, digital games, and after-school programs. He’s developed and delivered online and in-person training for US and international clients in healthcare, K-12 education, higher ed, and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to joining Great Hearts, Jay was an instructional designer with Denver Health, Colorado’s largest safety net hospital, training doctors to use electronic health record software. While there, he greatly increased the quality and scale of new hire training and developed a design-thinking curriculum for his colleagues. He also had a solo art exhibition at the University of Colorado’s medical school featuring work created for a weekly physician communication. Jay has a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Communication of Political Economy from Hunter College, as well a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certificate from Remote Medical International, and a Ducati Motorcycle Technician certificate from the American Motorcycle Institute. He lives in Wichita Falls with his wife.
Eric Hybner is the Senior Learning Engineer for Great Hearts Online, coordinating technology strategy and implementations in partnership with the broader Great Hearts organization. Mr. Hybner has expertise in and passion for organizational and technology leadership focused on empowering those who serve others. His experience supporting organizations from disparate market segments and industries has prepared him to recognize, synthesize, and adapt best practices and lessons learned in one industry to advance others.
Mr. Hybner previously built and turned around technology teams, with a focus on empowering those teams by building trust in and within the team, in order to create a culture supporting continuous improvement. He serves as a mentor and sounding-board for individuals wrestling with difficult organizational and technical challenges, those seeking to sharpen their leadership skills, and entrepreneurs exploring new opportunities. Mr. Hybner regularly volunteers both his time and his professional skills to organizations serving vulnerable populations.
Eric Hybner lives just outside Slaton, Texas with his wife, his daughter’s horse, his son’s donkey, two American Basset Hounds, and several stray cats he pretends are not family. His four children and nine grand-children live nearby, and the family enjoys wrestling with life’s big questions during their weekly family dinner gathering. He received a Bachelor’s of Science from Western Governors University in Information Technology and Software.
Juanita Flores serves as the Registrar and Student Information Specialist for Great Hearts Online, working to enroll and onboard students and families with joy and compassion.Ms. Flores joined Great Hearts 3 years ago as a founding member of Great Hearts Western Hills in San Antonio.
Ms. Flores previously taught Kindergarten in the private and public sector for 8 years before joining Great Hearts and has a true love of learning and teaching. She profoundly believes in the holistic child approach to education, and strives to provide an exceptional foundation for new students and families as they begin their journey with Great Hearts Online.
Juanita Flores, originally from Houston, Tx, moved to San Antonio 10 years ago where she now lives with her fiance, and dog. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with loved ones, visiting her family in Houston, and continuing her love of learning through books, podcasts, and various digital media platforms.
Raquel Zapata currently serves as the Director of Academy Operations of Great Hearts Online, overseeing all Academy. Mrs. Zapata also leads Academy efforts in fostering community among our families and serves as the first line of support for all Great Hearts Online families.
Mrs. Zapata has over 20 years of experience in managing teams to design, develop, and deliver customized online educational courses,
including the latest designs in 3D models, augmented/virtual reality, and gamification. Her family is also a Great Hearts Texas founding family. Her experience and passion for Great Hearts, organization management, processes and procedures, and community service are perfectly aligned to allow her to serve our Great Hearts Online faculty and families. With her diverse experience she is able to provide support across all aspects of operations.
Mrs. Zapata lives in San Antonio with her husband and four boys. Her family joined the Great Hearts community as a founding family at the Monte Vista campus seven years ago. She received her Masters in Business Administration from Texas A&M University and dual Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance from St. Mary’s University.
Mrs. Zapata is also an active member of the San Antonio community through her service as a San Antonio Police Department Citizens Advisory Review Board (SAPD CARB) Member, City Public Service Citizen Advisory Committee (CPS CAC) Board Member, and as a Westside Development Corporation Board Member.