Research focus: Social Justice, addressing the opportunity gap & educational debt; Restructuration of non-STEM content disciplines (civics, arts, humanities, social sciences) through critical data science & computational literacies, and constructionist computation using game-based learning (GBL), for grades 5-8.

I am a 3rd yr PhD student at University of Maryland, College of Edu, Dept of TLPL, in the Tech, Learning (Sciences), Leadership program.

Aspiring to change the world, one mind at a time through education & technology. Viewing 21st century K-12 education with an impressionistic mindset & through a critical gender lens (to develop inter sectional feminist minds).

As a Quantified Teacher, I leverage my software & data analytics background to design new digital learning experiences using Digital Learning Platforms, that lead to improved learning outcomes through effective engagement (game mechanics) & improved teaching effectiveness.

I care deeply about improving student agency of girls (especially native AfAm, Latinx, & indigenous) , & increasing the participation of women in science & technology fields. I actively encourage & teach girls in urban environments to pursue a career in science, technology & social entrepreneurship. I have taught Math & CS for 3 years in urban classrooms in Boston, MA & at a rural school in Nyamata, Rwanda.

In my previous career I was an enterprise software professional managing analytical applications.  I have an MBA from the Booth School of Business @ the University of Chicago and undergraduate degrees from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

Conference Presentations, Invited Talks, & Workshops


Kuriakos, N., (2020). Authentic Data Science For The Middle Grades – Unschooled, Creative and Engaging Framework for a New Normal, HCIL 2020 Symposium, College Park, MD, USA.

Asamoah,S., Hiltebrand, G., Kuriakos, N., (2020). Decolonizing Education and Leadership, Paper presented at Anthro+ 2020 Conference, College Park, MD, USA.

Kuriakos, N., (2020). Playing For Peace. Accepted paper for Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA, USA.


Kuriakos, N., (2019). Ready Learner One – A Computational Thinking Operationalization Framework, Poster presentation at 4th Annual Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference, Evanston, IL, USA/

Asamoah,S., Hiltebrand, G., Kuriakos, N., (2019). Decolonizing Education By Working Through Local Contexts, Paper presented at 21st International Leadership Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Coenraad, M., Kuriakos, N., Ketelhutt, D.J., Plane, J., Cukier, M. & Weintrop, D. (2019). Designing Binary Learning Games for Middle Schoolers. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) Symposium. College Park, MD, USA.

HESI 215 Introduction to Leadership

HESI 221 Leadership, Poweri, & Priviledge

HESI 315  Student Leadership in Grouups & Organizations

HESI 418E Strengths Based Leadership