WL & LAU Team Members

Abbey Alley

Abbey Alley

Abby holds a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University and has taught and built curricula for an International Baccalaureate school. She met her husband while studying abroad in London, England, and they later relocated to the Washington, D.C. area where they now live with their daughter, Alice. Abby loves to travel, see movies, and explore and play with friends and family.

Email: abby@williamsburglearning.com

Tanner Bowman

Tanner Bowman

Tanner has a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and Engineering Education, a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, and is currently in a doctoral program for Educational Leadership and Technology.

Email: tanner@williamsburglearning.com

Camille Christensen

Camille Christensen

Camille studied Math and Math Education at both Brigham Young University and Utah State University. She and her husband are parents to a beautiful baby girl. Along with math and spending time with her family, Camille loves to play the piano and attend sporting events.

Email: camille@williamsburglearning.com

Cara Dansie

Cara Dansie

Cara holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and has taught second languages at both the high school and college level, both online and in-person. She is the proud mother of ten kids (five of whom joined the family “the biological way” and five through adoption).

Email: cara@williamsburglearning.com

Rob Noorda

Rob Noorda

Rob studied Chinese and Business Management at Brigham Young University, learning from international businesses throughout Asia, and has also lived in Scotland. His one weakness is red-green colorblindness, so he can easily be bested in a game of Uno. Rob grew up in Las Vegas and now lives in Portland, Oregon. He often travels, mostly in search of Mexican food.

Email: rob@williamsburglearning.com

Jackie de Laveaga

Jackie de Laveaga

Jackie holds a B.A. in English, Writing for Publication, and Secondary Education from Prescott College and an M.A. in Education from Regent University. She lives with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she enjoys hiking, campfires, book clubs, live theater, and extended family dinners with lots of loud talking and laughter.

Email: jackie@williamsburglearning.com

Alleigh Frogley

Alleigh Frogley

In her free time, Alleigh enjoys reading, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and serving others. She has lived in Guatemala and Italy, and is currently studying at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Email: alleigh@williamsburglearning.com

Kathryn Garland

Kathryn Garland

Kathryn holds a B.S. in Math Education from Brigham Young University. She grew up in Arizona, has lived in Finland, and is proficient in both Finnish and Spanish. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, and they both love being outdoors, hiking, riding roller coasters, and playing board games with friends.

Email: kathryn@williamsburglearning.com

Ross Gilbert

Ross Gilbert

Ross holds a Bachelor of Business & Economics and Japanese Language & Asian Studies from Monash University in Australia (he is the first “Aussie” mentor on the Williamsburg team!). He continues traveling and world schooling with his family while teaching at Williamsburg. Students often experience the journey with him through classes as he shares stories from where he’s living during the school year. Ross also loves playing basketball (and most other sports) and singing and playing guitar with his kids.

Email: ross@williamsburglearning.com

Berit Green

Berit Green

Berit holds a B.A. in French, as well as a B.S. in Public Health, both from Brigham Young University. She’s a brand new mom to a sweet girl and wife to a wonderful guy. Together, they love canoeing around national monuments on the Potomac (close to home in Arlington, Virginia), finding hidden trails to hike outside the city, and making cooking videos.

Email: berit@williamsburglearning.com

Emily Gutierrez

Emily Gutierrez

Emily studied English Education at Utah Valley University where she developed “a deep fondness for the Rocky Mountains, sagebrush, and sunshine of the West.” After living for six years now in Central New York, she also feels at home “amidst the woods, waterfalls, and rich history of the East.” Emily, her husband, and their three children regularly burst into impromptu dance parties.

Email: egutierrez@williamsburglearning.com

Travis Hall

Travis Hall

Travis has over eighteen years of teaching and coaching experience. He holds numerous degrees and licenses, including an MBA, Masters in Education, and Bachelor of Finance and Economics. In his free time, Travis enjoys cooking, coaching high school football, and spending time with his family.

Email: travis@williamsburglearning.com

Karlie Hardman

Karlie Hardman

Karlie holds an Associate’s degree in Art and Visual Communication from Utah Valley State College and a B.S. in Secondary Art Education from Utah Valley University. She lives in sunny St. George, Utah near the gorgeous red rocks, where she enjoys swimming, hiking, and camping with her family. She also loves working on art projects with her two daughters.

Email: karlie@williamsburglearning.com

Jenelle Howard

Jenelle Howard

Jenelle holds an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Eastern Arizona College and a B.A. in Humanities from Brigham Young University. She lives with her family in Washington state, where she enjoys hiking and sports including flag football, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball. She also loves to travel, which she first realized on a trip to Australia with her all-star softball team.

Email: jenelle@williamsburglearning.com

Cebre Jacob

Cebre Jacob

Cebre holds a degree in Math Education from Brigham Young University and has studied abroad as a choral student in London, England. Today, she’s a mom to four cuties and lives in Thousand Oaks, CA. She likes playing board games and visiting beaches and parks with her family and loves reading books by Madeleine L’Engle, Parker Palmer, and J.K. Rowling.

Email: cebre@williamsburglearning.com

Stephanie Knighton

Stephanie Knighton

Stephanie holds a degree in Math Education from Brigham Young University. In her free time, she loves reading, taking long walks, painting, and building puzzles.

Email: stephanie@williamsburglearning.com

Mary Martinez

Mary Martinez

Mary currently lives in southeastern Idaho with her husband and children. She enjoys the outdoors, being with family, cooking, and reading. Some of her favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and J. Budziszewski.

Email: mary@williamsburglearning.com

Will Miller

Will Miller

Will holds a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an M.A. in Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University. He lives in Wendell, N.C. with his wife, two daughters (Lorelei & Vivienne), and their beloved dog, Hawkins. Will is an avid marathon runner and enjoys almost all other sports, playing guitar, and volunteering in and around his community.

Email: will@williamsburglearning.com

Heidi Mitchell

Heidi Mitchell

Heidi holds a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University. She has studied abroad in Israel and Mexico, traveled and taught in Hong Kong, and homeschooled her five kids for eight years. For fun, Heidi enjoys everything from singing and dance parties to laser tag and taekwondo. She also loves books by Stephen Covey, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Trenton Lee Stewart.

Email: hmitchell@williamsburglearning.com

Kimberly Reeder

Kimberly Reeder

Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science from Idaho State University. She lives with her family in Boise, Idaho where she enjoys trail running and taking family road trips to the mountains with a Louis L’Amour book playing in the car. Some of her other favorite writers include David Bednar, Ralph Moody, Jane Austen, and James Allen… “this list could get really long.”

Email: kreeder@williamsburglearning.com

Dave Rees

Dave Rees

I have been tutoring math and science for over six years and have been a student of science my entire life. I love explosions, unpredictable chemical reactions, figuring out why stuff does what it does, and eating hot slices of Hawaiian-style pizza. My greatest award in science was being voted “most likely to be a mad scientist” by my classmates at Carbon High. I’m close to finishing a BS degree from Southern Utah University in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, with an emphasis in classical scientific thought. My background in computer technology helps me find fun and unique ways to make math and science come alive in Williamsburg’s online courses.

My wife, children and I live in Cedar City, Utah.

Email: david@williamsburglearning.com

Kent Schwager

Kent Schwager

Before joining Williamsburg, Kent taught middle school science for five years at George Washington Academy in St. George, Utah, where he was voted Teacher of the Year twice in a row. Kent holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University, where he majored in elementary education.

Email: kent@williamsburglearning.com

Valerie Sedgwick

Valerie Sedgwick

Valerie loves creating memorable moments for students by helping them link their studies to the real world. She says, “I love watching students light up when they make connections and learn new ideas that are meaningful to their lives. I get to watch the students make connections between the topics we are studying and their own lives.”

Valerie has taught middle and high school students for more than twenty-five years and is still as passionate about it today as she was when she started. She has a yoga and massage therapy business and is also a licensed real estate agent. Her two sons keep her inspired and she is excited to bring that inspiration to the classroom.

Email: valerie@williamsburglearning.com

Bethany Stevenson

Bethany Stevenson

Bethany is married to her best friend. Together they have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, and one grandson. Bethany loves to wakeboard, wake surf, garden, cook, travel, and play music. For her, “Nothing says ‘It’s a beautiful day’ like going to the lake with friends, the sun and spray on your face, and Jimmy Buffet on the speakers.”

Email: bethany@williamsburglearning.com

Stan Szczesny

Stan Szczesny

Stan studied jazz at Cornish College of the Arts and music at Southern Utah University. He holds a B.A. in statesmanship from George Wythe University, an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Dallas. He currently lives in Cedar City, Utah with his wife and five children, where he loves reading and hiking (at the same time) and playing in a local rock and roll band.

Email: stan@williamsburglearning.com

Colleen Tucker

Colleen Tucker

Colleen holds an Associate’s degree in Interpersonal Communication from Ricks College and a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Brigham Young University-Idaho. In her free time, she loves hiking, yoga, playing guitar, reading, and singing and spending time with her family. She also likes long walks and making birthday cards from random scraps and doo-dads.

Email: colleen@williamsburglearning.com

Karen Tyler

Karen Tyler

Karen holds a degree in Biology Education from Utah State University. She currently lives in Alaska, where she loves being outdoors hiking, running, four-wheeling, or just sitting and soaking up the sun rays. Some of her favorite things that do not occur outdoors include mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, hanging out with her family, and cinnamon toast.

Email: karen@williamsburglearning.com

Karin Williams

Karin Williams

Karin lives with her family in a little town just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. They love to travel, and Karin also enjoys practicing yoga, reading, knitting, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Email: karin@williamsburglearning.com

Toni Winder

Toni Winder

Toni has worked as both a classroom teacher and school librarian, as well as a music teacher (she plays the violin). She holds a degree in German Literature and Music from Brigham Young University. Besides reading and music, Toni loves traveling and spending time outside with her family in beautiful St. George, Utah.

Email: toni@williamsburglearning.com

Andy Young

Andy Young

Andy holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Education from Utah Valley University. He currently lives with his wife and four kids in St. George, Utah (they lived in Hawaii for most of 2018). Besides science, Andy is passionate about ballroom dance (he’s competed in eight different countries and directed high school dance teams for years) and any outdoor activity.

Email: andy@williamsburglearning.com

Innovative Learning Center & Outdoor Adventure Team Members

Elizabeth Babcock

Elizabeth Babcock

Elizabeth loves sharing her passion for the outdoors as a mentor. As she says, “The raw learning and growth that occur in nature are difficult to recreate in other settings.” She has served as a mentor for youth and adults of all ages, and that perspective enables her to inspire those around her.

Elizabeth’s family loves spending time outdoors. Hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking, camping, and exploring lava tubes are a few of the adventures they enjoyed together this last year!

Cissily Bratten

Cissily Bratten

Having a dedicated mentor is crucial to a student’s success, and there is no doubt that Cissily fills that role. She discovered her passion for mentorship while pursuing a medical degree and quickly switched her paths. Cissily then completed her bachelor’s in Biology from Western Governors University and received an endorsement from the state of Utah in Biology and Middle School Sciences. She has taught in nearly every school setting, whether brick and mortar, online, charter, public, or private. She discovered across the board that students learn best when parents, students, and mentors work together to create transformational learning experiences. In addition to teaching, Cissily enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Ellie Buckway

Ellie Buckway

Leadership is at the core of what we do, and Ellie brings the experience and drive to inspire leadership in your student. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Community Health and has used that to create leadership opportunities throughout her life. She is a business owner, area manager, tennis coach, and mother of three children. Ellie strives to create a supportive environment that will help your student gain confidence, self-worth, and a strong desire to make a difference in this world.

Jodi Burnett

Jodi Burnett

Your student’s learning environment is crucial to their success. Jodi is committed to creating the ideal environment for your student. She spent two years working with distance schoolers at Canyon Grove Academy and helped develop the curriculum for their Epic Day program. As a parent with two ILC students herself, Jodi understands how important transformational learning experiences are in a student’s education. She strives to build a place where students can learn from uplifting mentors and develop their skills every day. Her favorite hobby is reading, but she also loves hiking, vacationing, and biking through the red rock canyons with her family. 

Ellen Burns

Ellen Burns

Your student’s mentor should be a well-rounded and capable individual. Ellen is precisely that. Her passion for math is unique, and she shares that passion with her students every day. In addition to working with LAU students, Ellen is an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University where she teaches College Algebra. She balances her love of math with a love of theatre. She even puts on full-fledged Shakespeare plays in her basement with her eight children!

Sam Cravens

Sam Cravens

Outdoor Adventures is an educational program, but it’s also an opportunity for students to have fun and create new friendships. One of Sam’s top priorities is for your student to have an amazing experience on every adventure. He believes that you can’t beat time spent on the water, especially in a canoe, and that laughing with people is one of the best pastimes. After growing up in Minnesota, Sam moved to Wisconsin to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Geoscience and Outdoor Education. He recently moved to Salt Lake City after living with his twin brother in Missoula, Montana. He’s looking forward to mentoring your student and taking them on transformational adventures.

Tim Erickson

Tim Erickson

Tim loves every chance he gets to connect with nature. In his words, “The outdoors are a training ground, an opportunity to be completely honest with myself.” Tim has spent countless hours exploring, training, and creating adventure trips for his family and friends. As a mentor, he’s excited to guide your student toward their own “a-ha” moments in the outdoors.

Tim graduated from Williamsburg Academy in 2015 and is currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He spends his free time climbing, backpacking, and reading

Shelby Esplin

Shelby Esplin

Shelby brings a rare passion for science to her classroom. Since middle school, she has been interested in the workings of the human body, which fueled her desire to get a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness from Brigham Young University. The same passion drove her to attain a teaching certificate with a biological science endorsement from the state of Utah. From coaching gymnastics to teaching science, Shelby has always found ways to be an educator, which is her greatest passion in life. When she’s not teaching, she’s often doing yoga or running through the mountains of Logan, Utah.

Bob Feland

Bob Feland

Bob is the first-rate mentor every student deserves. He’s been a teacher and mentor for over 30 years, working with high school and middle school students across the state. He has also served as Director of the LDS Institute at the University of Oklahoma and Utah State Prison. Bob’s love for teaching has pulled him towards Leadership Academy of Utah, and he is looking forward to providing high-quality learning opportunities for your student. When he’s not in the classroom, Bob enjoys camping with his wife and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

Cedric Ferrell

Cedric Ferrell

Every student can benefit from a mentor with a variety of real-world experience. Cedric began working with the US Marine Corps where he trained Marines to repair communication electronics. From there, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production from the Art Institute of Phoenix. At the same time, he was the president of the Digital Film Society and even produced a PSA for NASA’s Mars Rover Project. Cedric created his own online magazine focused on music and media. He even went on to manage a music co-op in Louisiana and trained producers and online radio hosts at Acadiana Open Channel. His passion for electronics, media, and technology will bring a new perspective to your student’s classroom experience.

Katelyn Garcia

Katelyn Garcia

Your student deserves support and encouragement in all they do, and Katelyn is ready to celebrate and cheer on your student. Katelyn recently moved from Logan to Provo, Utah, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. Besides art, Katelyn’s other passion is being outdoors. She’s worked as a personal mentor to students of all ages both in the classroom and outdoors and loves challenging them to see their true potential. It brings her complete joy to see students achieve their goals and to celebrate those achievements with them.

Cindy Hailes

Cindy Hailes

Cindy is the perfect mentor to help your student discover their inner artist. Cindy comes to Leadership Academy of Utah having worked in various media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics. She’s exhibited her work in several galleries across the country and has won several awards and public art commissions. Cindy received a BFA in illustration and MFA in sculpture from Utah State University and has taught art to students of all ages for over 20 years. When she’s not making art, Cindy enjoys landscaping, reading, and spending time with her family.

Joanna Herndon

Joanna Herndon

Your student deserves a safe and transformative learning environment. After working in education for most of her adult life, Joanna is just the person to ensure your student has exactly that. She grew up in Florida but moved to Utah seven years ago and has loved every minute since. Joanna has homeschooled her children for ten years and believes it was one of her greatest adventures. She recently worked with a local school district to open one of the first wellness rooms for students at a community school. You can often find her at the nearest roller rink either skating or playing roller derby in her free time! She loves to hike with her dogs and find new and exciting places to eat. She currently lives in Herriman, Utah, with her four kids and two dogs. 

John Jensen

John Jensen

A relatable mentor can be rare for students, but John has a unique ability to connect with students on a personal level. John recently started studying philosophy and communication at Utah State University after having been homeschooled for many years. As a result, he developed a diverse academic background that will help him guide your students through a year of exciting adventures. When he’s not adventuring, John enjoys reading, experiencing nature, playing games, and discussing philosophy.

Pete Jensen

Pete Jensen

As the Executive Director of LAU, Pete is an excellent fit to help your student learn how to become an extraordinary leader. Pete grew up as part of a large family in rural Utah. After spending two years in London, England as a young adult, he returned to Utah State University, where he received a degree in Political Science. He then received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the USAF and spent six years on active duty. Once he returned, Pete ran a private school in Northern Utah for two years. He now works to help facilitate transformational learning experiences for students at Leadership Academy of Utah. He spends lots of time reading, studying, and being with his family.

Christian Lippert

Christian Lippert

Some people believe that drama is a gateway to creating greater understanding and empathy for others. Christian is one of these mentors. He believes that transformational learning can take place in and out of the classroom. Having recently completed his master’s degree in Communication Studies from Utah State University, Christian is ready to create meaningful and fun learning experiences for your student in either the classroom or the mountains. He’s a seasoned adventurer who loves to be outdoors. He’s even been a backpacking guide at Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. He currently lives in Logan, Utah.

Sarah Lopez

Sarah Lopez

A mentor’s passion for their subject is crucial to a successful classroom experience, and Sarah’s passion for STEM is the perfect catalyst for transformational learning. She discovered at an early age that sharing her passion for math and engineering brought her true joy. Sarah has been involved in robotics for most of her life and has been a teacher, tutor, and mentor in various educational settings from middle school through college. She has degrees in Math Education, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma Christian University and Utah State University. She currently lives in Logan, Utah, with her husband and foster children.

Juliann Mann

Juliann Mann

Transformational learning can also happen outside of the classroom, and Juliann’s love for the outdoors is the perfect catalyst. She’s currently studying Recreation Administration and Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Utah State University. She regularly takes other college students on multi-day backcountry adventures as part of USU’s outdoor program. Juliann is passionate about getting students of all ages outside and promoting lifelong learning through sports and activities. She believes that adventure is a crucial part of living a meaningful life, and she hopes to help your student find their own love for outdoor adventures.

Melissa Manning

Melissa Manning

Physical fitness is a crucial part of a student’s education, and no one is better suited to mentor your student than an experienced professional. Melissa became a Certified Nursing Assistant after getting her degree in English from Weber State University. Since then, she’s worked in the emergency room, cardiac department, and rehabilitation unit at McKay-Dee hospital. She’s also spent time working in elementary and middle school special education. Melissa is an avid sports enthusiast who regularly plays volleyball and coaches competitive soccer. She is passionate about learning and is always ready for a new challenge.

Becky Matz

Becky Matz

Becky is passionate about working with youth. In her words, “I hope I can help spark learning and discovery in youth and also help them recognize their strengths, gifts, and who they are so they can lead in their lives.” She has worked with students in numerous settings, including camps, after-school programs, co-ops, and 4H.

Becky holds a degree in Recreation Management from Brigham Young University. She loves spending time outdoors, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Sarah Millward

Sarah Millward

Sarah’s enthusiasm for mentoring shines through in her classroom. Her devotion to her students is apparent from the moment you meet her. She worked as an aide at the ILC last year and is looking forward to returning to the classroom! Sarah is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University. She loves sports and has coached several of her children’s baseball and soccer teams. Sarah believes that transformational learning can happen when you least expect it, and she hopes to create those opportunities for your student thi

Regan Reichert

Regan Reichert

Passion and commitment are two critical characteristics of a good mentor, and Regan is a shining example of that. He began studying art at a young age and was invited to apprentice and study under some of America’s top portrait and figure artists while still in high school. After graduating, he spent two years participating in humanitarian work in South India. Regan returned home and continued his artistic career, producing collector-worthy masterpieces and working on some of his greatest projects yet. He is thrilled to expand his love of art by teaching and helping students enhance their own artistic abilities.

Williamsburg Learning Leadership Team

Anya Yeager

Chief Operating Officer

Anya Yeager

Chief Operating Officer

Anya holds Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Social & Behavioral Sciences, a Master’s degree, and an Administrative Endorsement in K-12 School Leadership. She lives in Saint George and is the proud mom of three amazing children. Outside of education, Anya’s passions include the ocean, travel, art, humanitarian work, chocolate, and hot yoga.

Email: anya@williamsburglearning.com

Adam Hailstone

Chief Marketing Officer

Adam Hailstone

Chief Marketing Officer

Adam holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from George Wythe University. He lives with his wife, Laura, of thirteen years and their son Emmet in St. George, Utah. Adam loves wrestling with his son, hiking, reading, discussing, CrossFit, cinema, and making delicious food for family and friends.

Email: adam@williamsburglearning.com

Nels Peter Jensen

Visionary & Co-Founder

Nels Peter Jensen

Visionary & Co-Founder

Nels is CEO and Co-Founder of two transformational learning companies: Williamsburg Learning and FamilyC. He is passionate about helping others learn, grow, and transform themselves, their families, and their communities. Through his companies, Nels is working toward the goal of creating millions of transformational learning experiences in the next ten years.

A native of the Rocky Mountains, Nels grew up in Idaho and Utah and has lived and traveled abroad on five continents. He studied the liberal arts as an undergraduate and received an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton School of Business in Austin, Texas.

A father to five energetic children, Nels loves to coach and support them as they grow into young adults and prepare to lead unique lives of meaning. Personally, he is an avid reader, weight lifter, cyclist, and yogi. His deepest purpose is to use his talents to help reduce suffering and elevate consciousness.

Email: npj@williamsburglearning.com