Humanities Electives 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.
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.
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.
German & Other Second Languages 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 two 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.
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.
More than anything, you want your student’s learning experience to be fun and enjoyable, even as they work their way into more challenging subjects, like chemistry. Mary is here to help. As she says, “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.” Mary is passionate about using chemistry to help students explore and try new things, and can’t wait to work with your student.
Mary holds an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Utah and was a biochemist before becoming a teacher. She lives in southeastern Idaho with her husband and three little girls, and enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and reading. Some of Mary’s favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, J. Budziszewski, Jasper Fforde, and Patrick F. McManus.
When your student comes into a new environment—like an online school—you want them to have role models to set the standard for success. As a Williamsburg graduate, valedictorian, and former Student Body President, Kimberly is perfectly positioned to be that role model. Since graduating, she has also taught English in China and embarked on several intensive leadership projects at her university. Kimberly is passionate about “Burger” culture and thrilled to be able to contribute to your student’s experience at Williamsburg as a mentor.
Kimberly is currently studying accounting (with a minor in ballroom dance) at Brigham Young University-Provo. She loves singing Disney songs and throwing movie nights with her family, as well as dancing, late night talks with friends, and gazing at the stars. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found at her desk, studying. Or sleeping.
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, daughter, 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.
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.
Science, Fine Arts & Electives Mentor
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.
As your student embarks on a new journey attending an online school, you want to know that they’re supported by mentors who know how to guide them through change. Enter Valerie. As a homeschooling mom of four awesome kids (currently ages 14 to 22), she’s had many years of guiding youth through alternative programs and learning experiences—including Williamsburg, where all four of her kids are attending or have graduated—and she loves it. Valerie can’t wait to share what she’s learned on the journey and help your student make the most of their path.
Valerie studied education at Brigham Young University-Provo. She lives in Alaska with her family, surrounded by mountains, forests, rivers (and, yes, lots of snow) and has also recently traveled through Morocco and Guatemala. Valerie loves to sing and act, make silly videos, tell bad puns, and spend time outdoors with her family.
As a parent, you want more flexibility and personalization in your student’s education than most, and you want to connect with mentors who share that philosophy. Christina is with you. She homeschooled her kids for ten years and taught extensively in alternative online programs, as well as a community college and corporate America. Christina also has a lifelong affinity for Spanish which she is excited to share with your student (she first started speaking the language as a child, when her dad served as a missionary in Mexico).
Christina holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix, and also studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. She enjoys waking up at 3:00 am to teach ESL online to students in China and loves spending quality time with her family and close friends.
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.”
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.
Leadership, Science & STEM Mentor
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.
Leadership & Social Studies Mentor
No matter what your student is studying, you want them to develop and maintain a healthy love of learning. Ideally, you want to surround them with mentors who demonstrate that quality. Robert is such a mentor. He’s been an avid student of the liberal arts for his entire life and loves sharing his passion for learning with students. Robert has taught in both public and private schools throughout the United States, including IMG Academy, a leading private school for student-athletes, and has also worked as an educator in the corporate world.
Robert holds a B.A. in History & English and an M.A. in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in leadership through Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Robert loves to travel, hike, and watch Kansas City Royals baseball, and he and his family are huge Disney fans.
Language Arts & Writing Mentor
You know that the people who love what they do, do the best work—and you seek that level of care and attention in your student’s mentors. Enter Elizabeth. In her own words, “I love everything about the learning process… I find that as I teach, I’m always learning, and I find that cycle deliciously exhilarating.” Elizabeth has taught language arts to high-schoolers, reading skills to elementary schoolers, and a course she calls “How to be a Person” exclusively to her two children. She can’t wait to work with your student.
Elizabeth holds a degree in English Teaching and Japanese from Brigham Young University, and also pursued a Master’s in Literacy at Utah State University. She now lives in Western New York and enjoys hiking and camping in the summertime, harvesting fruit in the fall, being with her family, and curling up in a soft chair with a giant bowl of popcorn and an excellent book.
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.”
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.
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.
Language Arts & Writing Mentor
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.
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.
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.