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  • Susan Wise Bauer
    Susan Wise BauerOwner & Founder

    Susan is a writer, teacher, and historian. Her books include The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had and The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, all published by W. W. Norton.

    Susan is also the owner and editor in chief of the Well-Trained Mind Press, a small press publishing history and language arts resources for K-12 student, and the founder of The Well-Trained Mind Academy. She has a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

    She now writes and raises sheep on the family farm in Charles City, Virginia, which is also the home base for her husband and her four semi-adult children, as well as four dogs, three cats, nine ducks, five Angora goats, three horses, a donkey, and a variable number of chickens.

    • Steve Otto
      Steve OttoHeadmaster

      Steve, a graduate of The United States Air Force Academy, has over 20 years of leadership development, strategic planning, financial management, and business development experience across government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. He now enjoys the opportunity to provide support and educational alternatives to families through the WTM Academy, so that they can continue to pursue the best academic options for each student in their family.

      Steve and his wife live in the Williamsburg, Virginia area with their three children. Their family initially began home schooling in order to accommodate an unpredictable work schedule, but quickly grew to appreciate the daily opportunities to instill values in their children, increase the quality of their education, and to enjoy more experiences as a family.

      • Julia Kaziewicz Collier
        Julia Kaziewicz CollierDean

        I am thrilled to be working as part of the Well Trained Mind Academy team! I’ve been a part of the Well-Trained Mind Press (WTMP) family since 2010, writing curriculum and working with the WTMP on various publishing projects. I have three study and teaching guides out with the WTMP – The History of the Renaissance World, The History of the Medieval World, and The History of the Ancient World.

        I have my doctorate in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, and I earned my BA and MA at New York University, concentrating on English and American Literature, Creative Writing and Art History. I’ve held teaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, the College of William & Mary, Christopher Newport University, and Thomas Nelson Community College, teaching everything from English 101 to Contemporary American Youth Film.

        While at the College of William and Mary I was recognized for “Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring” and I am excited to bring my passion for high-quality teaching and mentorship to the WTMA. It is my goal to maintain the highest standards of education at the WTMA while making communication between students, parents, and instructors seamless. I look forward to working together with you to create the best educational environment for your student!

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