Our Team

Mentors Are at the Core of Our Team

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.

Williamsburg Learning (WL), our parent company, hires our world-class mentors who help you provide the right education for your child. Our mentors get to know your child through live online classes, office hours, and assignments with personalized feedback.

Mentors Are at the Core of Our Team

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.

Williamsburg Learning (WL), our parent company, hires our world-class mentors who help you provide the right education for your child. Our mentors get to know your child through live online classes, office hours, and assignments with personalized feedback.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Nels Peter Jensen

CEO & Co-Founder

Nels Peter Jensen

CEO & Co-Founder

Nels is CEO and Co-Founder of Williamsburg Learning. He is passionate about helping others learn, grow, and transform themselves, their families, and their communities. 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 dedicated father, avid reader, weight lifter, cyclist and yoga instructor. His deepest purpose is to use his talents to help reduce suffering and elevate consciousness.

Email: nels@williamsburglearning.com

Gary Arnell

Chief Administrative Officer & IT Director

Gary Arnell

Chief Administrative Officer & IT Director

Gary’s passion lies in creating reliable and efficient administrative services to simplify and improve your and your student’s Williamsburg experience. Before joining Williamsburg in 2010, Gary worked in software development, project management, and administrative positions for businesses and schools in California and Utah. Today, he oversees the People Operations, Finance, Technology, Registrar, Customer Service, and Communications functions at Williamsburg. Gary is passionate about moral and political philosophy, the liberal arts, and the outdoors. He loves designing systems that support all three in his role at Williamsburg.

Gary completed his undergraduate studies in business and computer science at Utah State University and an M.A. in education from George Wythe University. He lives with his wife, Liesl, and their six children in Cedar City, Utah. Away from work, he enjoys volunteering in his community and spending time with his family—especially if it involves canyoneering, hiking, backpacking, travel, or reading.

Email: gary@williamsburglearning.com

Adam Hailstone

Chief Marketing Officer

Adam Hailstone

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 Emmett in Denver, CO. Adam loves wrestling with his son, hiking, reading, discussing, CrossFit, cinema, and making delicious food for family and friends.

Email: adam@williamsburglearning.com

Rob Noorda

Director of Operations

Rob Noorda

Director of Operations

Rob loves to learn and is passionate about helping others become lifelong learners. He is a jack-of-all-trades who enjoys coding, speaks three languages, and owns a publishing company with his wife. His greatest passion, though, is mentoring. He has taught a variety of topics at Williamsburg, including science, math, and leadership. Now, he loves working with Williamsburg curriculum on a larger scale.

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