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.
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!
As your assistant headmaster, I will be connecting with you throughout the year, as well as supporting the growth of our students and teachers. I have taught at the elementary level for over 12 years and have also been a head of school for a total of nine years. In 2002, I founded a classical school in the South Pacific, on the island of Tonga, and it was quite an adventure! I was hired by Great Hearts in the spring of 2014, and the GH community has since become an extended family to me. Pursuing truth, goodness and beauty alongside people who are genuine, humble and eager to learn and grow; is an immeasurable blessing…and one that I hope you will experience as well. I look forward to a wonderful year of learning, with you and your children!
I’m thrilled to be part of the founding staff and community of GH Online and I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you! I am married to a wonderful man, Tim, and we have six children who range in age from 13 to 28. We also have a 9-month old Golden-Doodle, named Luci. My work, hobbies and passions intersect in a desire to provide nourishment…to the minds and hearts of children through education and to my family and friends by cooking for them. I also love the nourishment that great books and conversation brings my soul!
I am incredibly honored and excited to be part of the founding faculty for Great Hearts Online! I am originally from the Syracuse, New York area and have lived in sunny and warm San Antonio for four years. I graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland with my Master of Science in Teaching in Childhood Education. Before this, I lived and worked in Boston, Massachusetts, at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
I have been a 5th grade teacher at the Great Hearts Monte Vista campus in San Antonio for almost four years and now serve as the Academic Dean for Kinder-4th grade, for Great Hearts Online. When I am not at school, I am typically spending time with family or exploring the beautiful museums and delicious restaurants in the San Antonio area. I also enjoy traveling and have found myself in many fascinating places worldwide, like Guatemala, Mexico, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Oman. I am an avid reader and can think of nothing better than cozying up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. I enjoy various genres but tend to read more literary fiction, historical fiction, and science fiction. My love for reading started at a young age and inspired me to go back to graduate school to encourage and foster a child’s love for reading.
I believe all students should feel like their educational journey is not just one of memorization, tests, and strenuous essays but also true inspiration, discovery, and curiosity. I will continue to cultivate this in my classroom through patience, love, and perseverance to guide your child on their educational journey towards truth, goodness, and beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Smith-Perry serves as the Senior Director of Growth for Great Hearts Online, overseeing enrollment, expansion, marketing, and communications. She comes to GH Online after four years of leading development and communications for Great Hearts Texas. Her passion for ensuring as many families as possible have access to a great education – a Great Hearts education – is what fuels her work. That, and the smart, caring humans she gets to work with each day. Jessica is known for developing people, building teams, creating strategies, navigating complex projects and problems, and growing organizations. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her 20 years of serving in leadership roles with health, social service, and educational organizations in the United States and Canada.
Originally from Houston, Jessica earned her B.A. in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin. She earned her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University (RRU) in Victoria, B.C. She has also completed advanced coaching studies with RRU and with Marshall Goldsmith. A lifelong learner, she takes every opportunity to deepen her understanding of people and the work she’s engaged in. Jessica is a certified executive coach at the PCC level with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and enjoys bringing this work to her Great Hearts teams.
After living through many cold winters and abbreviated summers in Alberta, Jessica has called San Antonio, TX home for the last six years. She lives with her husband, son (a Great Hearts scholar!), and rescue pup. As a family they enjoy making homemade pizzas, hanging out with friends, and spending time outside. Every now and then, Jessica steals away solo time to read, hike, or swing from a trapeze.