Building Meaningful Relationships
We call our teachers “mentors.” Teachers lecture—mentors inspire. Teachers care about test scores—mentors care about students and unleashing their potential. Teachers work in a job—mentors fulfill a mission.
Our online program allows us to hire mentors with differing perspectives and talents, a range of life experiences, and various methods of connecting to and interacting with our students. When students want individual attention, they will attend their mentor’s office hour and get one-on-one time. Their mentor will also get to know them through their assignments and will give them lots of personalized feedback. Finally, your students and their mentor will communicate with each other via email whenever they need to.
Bethany StevensonSocial Studies Mentor
Social Studies Mentor
Your student deserves a mentor who is passionate about learning and life itself—and Bethany is that mentor. She grew up teaching outdoor survival and backpacking skills and spending summers in the mountains of New Mexico. Later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education and a master’s degree in History. For the past ten years, Bethany has loved bringing her rich life experience to the classroom as a social studies teacher. She can’t wait to work with your student.
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.”
Mary MartinezScience Mentor
As a parent, you know there is nothing better than a mentor who can make a potentially intimidating subject fun for your student—and Mary Martinez is an expert at just that. She says, “Trying new things (even if they sometimes blow up) is one of the things I enjoy the most about teaching chemistry. I love helping students see that chemistry can be fun, interesting and meaningful in their everyday lives. From the chemicals used on the potato farm where I grew up to the chocolate chip cookies in my oven, chemistry is all around us.”
After earning an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Utah, Mary worked in a biochemistry lab for a few years before becoming a teacher. 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.
Alleigh FrogleyLeadership Mentor
It’s no secret that you desire the absolute best for your student. You strive to see them excel in core subjects, but also push themselves in key elective Leadership courses. As a mentor, Alleigh innately believes that each student can grow and succeed when leadership is practiced and encouraged. “Leadership has been the essence of my life. If I can’t be my own leader then how am I going to lead others? With this thought in my head I deliberately choose to lead myself to become a better and stronger person.”
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.
Toni WinderLanguage Arts & Leadership Mentor
Language Arts & Leadership Mentor
The best mentor for your student is the one with a contagious passion for what they teach, and Toni is that mentor. Toni has loved reading since she was three years old. As she says, “I love working with students to help them find the right book and catch the reading bug.” Some of Toni’s favorite authors include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky. She’s excited to share her love of literature with your student.
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.
Stephanie KnightonMath Mentor
As a parent, you want a mentor who loves helping students apply their subject in the real world. Stephanie knows the value of using math every day and encouraging students to do the same. As she says, “I love that math takes the basic concepts from elementary school and puts them together in new ways to build new concepts. It’s like taking all the ingredients and putting them together to make the best Pi ever! The question of ‘When am I ever going to use this?’ is very easy to answer in math because we use it everywhere—shopping, baking, construction, designing, art, sports, you name it!” Stephanie can’t wait to work with your student.
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.
Travis HallMath Mentor
When it comes to a subject like math, your student needs a mentor who not only has a deep knowledge of the subject but also the ability to make it meaningful. As a mentor, that’s Travis’s focus. As he says, “What I love most about teaching math is being able to simplify the process and showing students how most concepts relate to their everyday lives. Although not every topic in math is practical to everyone’s life, the ability to think and problem solve is something every student can use daily.”
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.
Berit GreenFrench Mentor
Helping your student learn French (or any second language) can be a daunting task—if there’s no sense of relevance or excitement behind it, your student can feel like it’s a chore. That’s where Berit comes in. French is a language close to Berit’s heart—she has studied abroad in Paris, served as a missionary in French Polynesia, and used French throughout her years as a social worker for newly arrived refugees in the United States. Berit will not only help your student learn French but, more importantly, will make sure they enjoy themselves along the way.
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.
Kent SchwagerLeadership, Science & STEM Mentor Program Leader
Leadership, Science & STEM Mentor Program Leader
As a parent, you know the best kind of schoolwork for your student is the kind that doesn’t feel like work. You want your student to feel so excited by their projects that time flies by—and Kent’s here to help. Ever since he was a kid, Kent has loved learning and anything to do with designing and building things. These passions, combined with a personality that is “never satisfied with short answers or textbook explanations,” have made the scientific method a way of life for Kent. In his words, “The more you understand, the less you actually know… it’s addicting!”
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.
Karin WilliamsAmerican Literature & Program Leader
American Literature & Program Leader
For your student, you want mentors whose passion for their field extends beyond the classroom and into their everyday lives. Karin is that kind of mentor. As she says, “I write—it’s what I do and what I love. Learning about writing, sharing my writing, and helping others foster their creative voice is my passion.” Karin has been writing fiction for many years and has competed in the National Novel Writing Month since 2010. She loves reading students’ work and watching the “aha!” moments that happen when they cover a topic that fascinates them. Karin holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently exploring options for her Master’s degree.
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.
Emily GutierrezHumanities & Writing Mentor
Humanities & Writing Mentor
You want your student to be around mentors for whom teaching is more than a job—a talented professional who would rather be working with your student than anything else. Emily is such a mentor. She truly loves teaching and, as a result, has found herself in a wide range of educational roles, including teaching writing for homeschool students, reading for a child with dyslexia, and English, keyboarding, and Spanish for students in public school. Emily brings her enthusiasm for creating learning experiences to the classroom every day.
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.
Ross GilbertLeadership Mentor & Program Leader
Leadership Mentor & Program Leader
As a parent, you want your student’s education to be more than just studying—you want it to be an exciting and invigorating journey. Ross lives at the intersection of learning and adventure. He has traveled and taught English to students and Syria and Japan, spent years working with youth as both a high school teacher and volunteer mentor, trained employees in a variety of corporate settings, and traveled to more than 30 countries with his wife and five kids. Ross is thrilled to have the chance to make a difference in your student’s life as a mentor.
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 currently lives in Mexico with his family, where they are learning Spanish together. Ross also loves playing basketball (and most other sports) and singing and playing guitar with his kids.
Kathryn GarlandMath Mentor
For your student, having a mentor who genuinely cares about what they’re teaching is always a good thing—especially when it comes to math. Kathryn is passionate about helping students learn math, and has tutored and taught online for several years. In her own words, “I love teaching math and think it’s the best subject out there! I believe all students can ‘get’ math with enough effort. I love helping students make those connections.” With this in mind, Kathryn couldn’t be more excited to help your student take their math skills to the next level.
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.
Camille ChristensenMath Mentor
Finding a mentor to guide your student’s learning isn’t always easy—it takes a unique blend of technical expertise and passion for teaching. Camille is that kind of mentor. Math was always her favorite subject: “I remember begging my mom in third grade to take me to school early so I could try getting faster times on my multiplication tables!” Over time, she realized that her real passion for math came from her amazing high school teachers and that she wanted to “be that teacher for someone else.” Today, she’s excited to serve as that teacher for your student.
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.
Colleen TuckerLeadership Mentor
You want your student’s mentors to have deep empathy for their life experiences and aspirations, so they can guide your student where they want to go. Colleen is such a mentor. As she says, “I am passionate about people and helping them find their way.” Colleen has spent years working and volunteering with youth to help them overcome challenges and find new opportunities, as well as recruiting and training employees for a wide range of industries. She is thrilled to have the chance to use her experience and passion to make a positive impact on your student’s life.
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.
Karlie HardmanFine Arts Mentor
Fine Arts Mentor
You want a mentor for your student who has extensive experience helping students succeed in their field, as well as professional experience applying it in the real world. When it comes to fine arts, that’s Karlie. She’s spent years teaching arts and overseeing faculty at the college level and finds joy in providing the highest level of arts instruction available in an online setting. Karlie has also worked as a graphic designer for a variety of projects in the corporate world. She looks forward to sharing her passion for fine arts with your student.
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.
Kimberly ReederLeadership Mentor
As a parent, you know that part of guiding your student’s growth is helping them learn not only from schoolwork but from life itself. Kimberly has a wealth of experience in both. Years ago, she left a career in dental hygiene to homeschool her five children and the process of guiding their learning over the past fifteen years has given her an education in itself. In her words, “Reading and studying the classics together has changed our family forever… It is so much fun!” Kimberly is delighted to get to share her passion for mentoring with your student.
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.”
Tanner BowmanElectives Mentor
As a parent, you want the best for your student’s education, and to surround them with mentors who go above and beyond the status quo. Tanner is that kind of mentor. He is passionate about education reform and believes in a future where all students have access to the learning options that best fit their needs. As a student himself, Tanner always learned best in a problem-solving and project-based environment, and he loves creating similar experiences for others. With all this in mind, Tanner is very excited to have the chance to mentor your student.
Tanner studied Technology and Engineering Education at Brigham Young University. He has spent time traveling in South Africa, where he learned Zulu (the clicking language) which he regularly demonstrates to students by request.
Karen TylerSTEM Mentor
Your student was born with a natural sense of curiosity and wonder about the world around them, and you want them to hang onto that as they grow up. Karen is here to help. In her words, “I have a passion for learning anything, but science is my favorite because I can learn about it while I am outdoors doing what I love. I think it is amazing that you can learn from any situation if you take time to stop and think about it.” Karen is excited to not only help your student learn science but become more aware of the incredible science around them every day.
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.
Heidi MitchellSocial Studies & Humanities Mentor
Social Studies & Humanities Mentor
As you know, the best mentor for your student is the one who helps them follow the path they want to take, rather than pushing them down a standardized conveyor belt. Heidi is that kind of mentor. In her own words, “I love being an advocate for students who want to explore and develop their interests, talents, and unique educational pursuits, which is why I am so excited about mentoring!” Heidi has always been passionate about the adventure that comes with learning in all aspects of life, and can’t wait to share this enthusiasm with your student.
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.
Cara DansieSecond Language Mentor
Second Language Mentor
As you know, it’s hard for your student to get excited about learning something (especially a second language) unless the person teaching them is excited, too. That’s where Cara comes in: Her passion for learning and teaching languages has been a guiding force throughout her entire life. She learned to speak Spanish, German, and Russian all before she finished college, and later had opportunities to practice each by traveling throughout California, Germany, and Russia. Cara loves working with youth and looks forward to mentoring your student.
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).
Greg LarsonWriting Mentor
As you seek mentors for your student, you want to find the ones who have extensive real-world practice in the subjects they teach. When it comes to writing, Greg is that mentor. Greg realized his talent for writing when he got an F on a story he wrote in high school because his teacher thought he’d copied from a magazine (he hadn’t). Since then, Greg has published four books and numerous short stories and articles, taught writing at the college level, and designed writing workshops for companies. Today, he’s excited to help your student hone their potential.
Greg holds a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, where he met his wife, Maya. They later raised their four children in the Chicago area. Among Greg’s passions are road biking, reading, cooking and eating gourmet food, watching and discussing little-known (but awesome) movies, and traveling and having deep conversations with his family.
Andrew YoungScience & STEM Mentor
Science & STEM Mentor
It’s one thing to find a mentor for your student who has an encyclopedic knowledge of their field, but it’s quite another to find one who can easily translate science into layman’s terms and make it truly fun. Enter Andy. In his words, “I love seeing a student’s view of life expand into one of amazement as they explore the biological awesomeness in themselves and throughout the universe.” For Andy, the scientific method is a way of life—he’s continuously fascinated with the unfolding of the natural world and can’t wait to share this enthusiasm with your student.
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.
Jenelle HowardHumanities Mentor
For your student, the energy of a mentor sets the tone for their learning experience. You want to find mentors with strong positive energy that inspires your student. Enter Jenelle. In her own words, “I absolutely love mentoring students… it continues to be one of the most fulfilling and joyous elements of my life!” Jenelle brings that level of joy and enthusiasm to the classroom every day. As a lifelong student of the liberal arts, she loves combining the best works of human nature and history to create meaningful learning experiences for your student.
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 JacobMath Mentor & Program Leader
Math Mentor & Program Leader
When it comes to a subject like math, few things are as important as helping your student become confident that they can learn and master it. As a mentor, that’s Cebre’s mission. In her words, “I have a very fundamental belief that with balanced effort between student and mentor, each student can make those connections.” Cebre has a talent for identifying each student’s unique learning style and applying different methods to the same concept to help them understand. She’s very excited to use these skills to help your student succeed in math.
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 three cuties and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She likes playing board games and exploring museums and parks with her family and loves reading books by Madeleine L’Engle, Parker Palmer, and J.K. Rowling.
Jaylee WillisMath Mentor
As you know, the essential part of any learning experience is what it teaches your student about themselves. That’s Jaylee’s focus when she’s teaching math. In her words, “I love working with youth and creating environments where they can change their perceptions of themselves and the world around them to perceptions that bring more joy and happiness into their lives.” In addition to the possibilities for self-growth, Jaylee finds inspiration in the beauty and art of mathematics. She’s excited to apply these passions to serving your student.
Jaylee holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Utah State University. She rarely lives in the same place for more than a year (so far, she’s covered Scotland, Greece, Germany, Spain, and Croatia) but her home base is in Utah. Jaylee love puzzles, ideas, and stories by Gene Stratton-Porter, Louisa May Alcott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Brandon Sanderson.
Rob NoordaCurriculum Director, Mentor & Program Leader
Curriculum Director, Mentor & Program Leader
As your student grows up, you want them to feel free to explore their interests without being pigeonholed into a given box. Rob is with you: “I’m a committed jack-of-all-trades with a wide variety of interests, from astronomy to beekeeping to bookbinding.” Rob runs several websites, speaks three languages, and owns a small publishing firm with his wife. His greatest passion, though, is mentoring. “I was lucky enough to have a few people who greatly shaped the course of my life, and I love getting to be that mentor for others.” Rob can’t wait to work with your student.
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.
Abby AlleyHumanities Mentor
As a parent, you want your student to have mentors whose enthusiasm for their field and for teaching itself draws students into an exciting, magical new world that doesn’t even feel like school. That’s Abby. As she says, “I love, love, love Humanities! It’s like storytime every day, with all the blood, guts, and glory of great peoples and cultures. I love getting to know my students and thinking of new ways to teach and reach them.” Abby aims to make each class excellent and looks forward to getting to play a role in your student’s life.
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.
Stan SzczesnyLanguage Arts, Writing & Fine Arts Mentor
Language Arts, Writing & Fine Arts Mentor
As you know, dedicated mentors make for dedicated students. You want mentors who are so excited about what they teach that your student can’t help but follow suit. Enter Stan. As he says, “I have twin loves: classical literature and the guitar. I consider guitar to be a spiritual practice by which one may commune with The Beautiful… I also love watching people’s souls expand when studying Lao Tzu, Voltaire, and other great thinkers.” Stan has taught professionally in both areas for several years, and can’t wait to share his enthusiasm with your student.
Stan studied jazz at Cornish College of the Arts, music at Southern Utah University, and holds an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. He has extensive experience as a performing guitarist and has recorded two albums. He currently lives near Dallas, Texas with his wife and their five little ones. In his words, they’re “living a wild adventure.”
Dave ReesScience & STEM Mentor
Science & STEM Mentor
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.
Will MillerLeadership & PE Mentor
Leadership & PE Mentor
Transformational learning happens when your student not only learns something new but puts it into action. You want them to experience this (especially when it comes to health), and so does Will. As he says, “I strongly believe that students need to experience a healthy lifestyle rather than merely reading about it—that’s why I do what I do.” Will is passionate about fitness education and well-versed in using digital learning platforms to help students make healthy living an ongoing lifestyle. He’s thrilled to have the chance to do this work with your student.
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.
Jackie de LaveagaElectives Mentor
Jackie de Laveaga
As a parent, you’re passionate about finding exciting, alternative ways to guide your student’s education, and finding mentors to support them on the journey. Jackie’s with you. Her passion for alternative learning options led her and her husband to home-educate their five kids, and she has spent years mentoring students (from primary school to college) in the arts. Jackie finds joy in designing experiences that help students gain mastery in new skills and make progress along their unique life paths. She’s very excited to work with your student.
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.
WILLIAMSBURG LEARNING STAFF
Anya YeagerChief Academic Officer
Chief Academic Officer
You value having the freedom to choose how, what, and where your student learns, and you want to make the most of that freedom. Anya is with you. As she says, “I believe strongly in providing high-quality educational choices for parents and students.” Anya began her career as a teacher and later moved into school administration. She formerly served as Executive Director of George Washington Academy, an award-winning charter school in St. George, Utah. Today, Anya oversees the smooth functioning of the Williamsburg classroom and builds partnerships with schools and districts to make The Williamsburg Curriculum available to families at no cost. She also serves as the Board Chair of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools.
Anya holds Bachelor’s degrees in Child Development and Social & Behavioral Sciences, a Master’s degree, and an Administrative Endorsement in K-12 School Leadership. She and her husband, Alex, have been married for 22 years and have three amazing children. Outside of education, Anya’s passions include the ocean, travel, art, humanitarian work, chocolate, and hot yoga.
Ben BrownChief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Ben’s priority is ensuring that everything behind-the-scenes of the Williamsburg classroom is functioning smoothly to deliver a consistently excellent experience for you and your student. Ben was the first mentor hired at Williamsburg and has worked in almost every other role in the organization, so he knows what it takes to make this happen. For Ben, “Ensuring that all the details are in place so mentors can focus on facilitating transformational learning experiences in every class is immensely satisfying.”
Ben holds B.A. in Statesmanship from George Wythe University. He lives with his wife, Elise, and their three kids—Charly, Malcolm, and Murphy––in Saint George, Utah. Ben loves reading, rock climbing, yoga, and Saturday morning hikes with his family. Before he dies, he wants to rock-climb the Great Wall of China, do yoga in a Hindu temple in India, and backpack all over Iceland.
Adam HailstoneChief Marketing Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Adam is passionate about building a vibrant and expanding community to support your student in their adventure through online learning. In his words, “I love inspiring parents and students to get a great education and overcome the barriers in their way. My role directly aligns with my life’s mission, so it’s as much a calling as it is a career.” Adam joined Williamsburg in 2010 as a mentor, and has designed and taught much of The Williamsburg Curriculum. He has presented talks on alternative education throughout the U.S. and Canada and loves finding creative ways to expand and enhance the Williamsburg tribe.
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 UrePresident & Co-Founder
President & Co-Founder
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 JensenCEO & Co-Founder
Nels Peter Jensen
CEO & Co-Founder
As you invest in the best ways to educate your family, you want to know that the guide you choose to partner with understands your needs and those of your children. Nels does. In his words, “Growing up, I experienced both homeschool and public school. Although both gave me many great learning opportunities, I always longed for more interaction with like-minded peers and adults in a thriving community of learning.” This experience led Nels to co-found Williamsburg with his best friend, James Ure, in 2008. Today, Nels is thrilled to be building a positive and challenging learning environment for Williamsburg students, including his children, that wasn’t available during his youth.
Nels studied liberal arts in college and went on to earn an MBA from the Acton School of Business in Austin, Texas. He lives in Saint George, Utah, with his wife and five kids. Nels loves cycling, backpacking, meditating, reading great books, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He believes in starting each day with a power green smoothie.