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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Williamsburg Learning Leadership Team
Anya YeagerChief Operating Officer
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.
Adam HailstoneChief Marketing Officer
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.
James Ure is the co-founder of Williamsburg Learning, a K-12 education company that prepares students to live meaningful, abundant lives in the 21st century.
As chief architect of The Williamsburg Curriculum, James built an accredited academic program that has taught thousands of students how to think—not what to think—and empowers teachers to facilitate transformational learning experiences. James is also a co-founder of Williamsburg Adventures, an adventure travel company that leads students and educators on outdoor adventures and international humanitarian trips. James has taught government and literature on the high school and college levels and was named one of the top five online teachers in America. He has served on numerous education committees and boards.
James studied liberal arts in college and, inspired by an internship in the State House of Representatives, went on to earn a law degree from South Texas College of Law. He graduated summa cum laude with an emphasis in Constitutional Law.
James and his partner Ange live by their own rules and have fun creating what they call a “LEAF” family with their kids—a family that is Loving, Easy, Adventurous, and Fun. They spend 4-6 weeks a year adventuring together around the world. James enjoys fitness, mindfulness, and yoga, and has completed the Boston Marathon.
Nels Peter JensenVisionary & 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.