Technology defines our world. Even before the COVID pandemic caused thousands of districts to experiment with distance learning, education was a sector primed for disruption through technology. One that would encourage life-long learning and self-improvement. One that would prepare students to accomplish tasks on their own, think independently, and self-schedule. One that would develop the skills to effectively use Internet resources, social media, video technology, and interpersonal communications. To create tomorrow’s citizens, employees, and economic drivers.
Founded in 2020, The Kids Educational Tech Foundation is based in Arlington, VA with an initial reach to schools and educational providers throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC.
We work with school districts, principals, social workers, and parent liaisons to identify students with technology needs and use corporate and private donations to purchase new, quality technology tools such as Wi-Fi hotspots, laptops, and tablets.
We engage in charitable and educational activities to address the needs of disadvantaged K-12 students for distance learning and BYOT policies. We address the common challenges to remote and online learning, including a lack of internet accessibility, computers, laptops, tablets, and other necessary accessories and equipment.
Board of Directors
The Kids Educational Tech Foundation was established with a Board of Directors who volunteer their time and expertise.
Ed Tuorinsky, President
Edward Tuorinsky, Principal at DTS, has two decades of experience in leadership, management consulting and information technology services. He was a Captain and logistics officer in the U.S. Army, and also headed the professional services divisions of two federal government consulting firms. Ed is best known among his clients and colleagues for his indispensable leadership and vision as well as his integrity. As the founder and president of The Kids Educational Foundation, Ed shares his passion for continuous learning and technology.
“This should not be the generation that we failed to educate due to lack of access to basic technology required for distance learning. As business leaders and parents, we have an obligation to provide students will all tools to succeed, develop, and lead the next generation to a bigger and brighter future.”
Jennifer Tuorinsky, Secretary and Treasurer
Jennifer Tuorinsky, Esq. has 20 years of experience in information technology consulting. She has managed projects both domestically and internationally implementing technology solutions for military and civilian agencies. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at the George Mason University School of Law, and possesses a Master of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.
Jennifer is a strong advocate for the accessibility of technology as a method of education for children and young adults. In her free time, she serves as an officer in a non-profit, non-political volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting the future through better education for children.
Melissa Ho has over 20 years of experience and expertise in adult education, learning management systems, business process management, governance, and training, developed in service of a wide variety of federal government agencies across the civilian and defense sectors. She earned her Master of Education in adult education from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Virginia. and has experience serving nonprofit organizations.
Melissa is deeply committed to bridging inequality gaps in children’s education by making technology available and leveraging technology for learning outcomes.
Nichole Priddy has nearly 20 years of experience in contract management, business process improvement, change management, leadership, and communications. She has supported the Defense Health Agency (DHA) since 2013, and prior to joining DTS, has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and Cherokee Nation Federal. She utilizes efficient and effective methods to standardize business processes and is extremely well-versed in government organizational and administrative practices.
Nichole has a passion for the education of our children and, as a parent to two young children, understands the importance of breaking down the barriers that exist.
“All children should have the resources and technology available to them in order to be successful.”
Thank you to those individuals who share our vision: