Dr. Nalani Valentine – Co-founder, COO

Dr. Nalani Valentine –Co-founder, COO, Headmaster

In 2006, Dr. Valentine Co-founded The University of Kemetian Sciences, and became headmaster at The Institute for Self-Mastery (ISM) in 2010.

With over 45 years in health education, Dr. Valentine has taught and tutored English Language Arts and American Sign Language (ASL) to students from Pre-K through High School, as well as at several City of New York (CUNY) colleges.

Dr. Valentine received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Empire State College (Educational Psychology), a PhD in Hygienic Science from The Life Science Institute, and a Masters and Doctorate of Naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Healing.

She is wife, mother of 4 daughters, grandmother of 7 and great-grandmother of 3 children,

“As Headmaster of ISM, I’m thrilled that each staff member holds the same vision as mine—that every child at ISM realizes their own, personal love for learning!”

Brittany Cottingham – Administrator

Mrs. Cottingham has been with the University of Kemetian Sciences and the Institute for Self-Mastery since 2012, and is the reason our operations run so smoothly! She is usually the first one you will meet here at ISM.

ISM Administrator, wife and mother of 4, Mrs. Cottingham was homeschooled through her high school years, and graduated with honors from James Madison High school in Philadelphia, PA.  She has since attended Kaplan University and is actively pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness.

It brings me joy to see “our future” learning how to think instead of what to think. I am confident that the seeds we are planting into the minds of our children will create a more harmonious way of living in their lives, as well as those they meet as they move forward in life”


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