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

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 you and your student’s Williamsburg experience. Before joining Williamsburg in 2010, Gary worked in software development, project management, and administrative positions for companies and schools in California and Utah. Today, he oversees all technology and administrative systems for Williamsburg, including the development of our personalized Student Information Services platform. Besides technology, Gary is passionate about leadership, 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 for a local Boy Scouts troop and spending time with his family—especially if it involves canyoneering, hiking, backpacking, reading, or dancing.

Email: gary@williamsburglearning.com

Anya Yeager

Chief Operating Officer

Anya Yeager

Chief Operating 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 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 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.

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

Ross Gilbert

Headmaster

Ross Gilbert

Headmaster

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 in 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 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