A native to the Milwaukee area, Kurt grew up in the Racine area. He attended Marian University and earned a BS in mathematics and secondary education. He has taught in a few different high schools. For one of those years he taught math to prison inmates. It allowed him the opportunity to see students start with the basics and go on to earn a GED. His focus changed to the college setting when he began managing the local community college's math tutoring program. He has since transitioned into full time teaching. Kurt earned a MS in math, statistics, and computer Science from Marquette University.