• Susan Wise Bauer
    Susan Wise Bauer Owner & Founder

    Susan is a writer, teacher, and historian. Her books include Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education, The Story of Western 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.

  • Julia Kaziewicz Collier
    Julia Kaziewicz Collier Dean

    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!

  • Steve Otto
    Steve Otto Headmaster

    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.

  • Elizabeth Weber Edwards
    Elizabeth Weber Edwards Foreign Language Chair

    View my teaching sample.

    I’ve heard German since I can remember. Summers spent visiting my grandparents, uncle, and extended family in the Swiss Alps and German countryside sparked my interest in German literature, hiking, and chocolate. Still, I didn’t learn the language until the 8th grade, when I was in a German 1 class with 25 other language learners.

    I continued learning German, majoring in German Language and Literature and English at the College of William and Mary, where I graduated summa cum laude. A junior year abroad in Germany at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster sparked my interest in Comparative Literature. During that time I participated in seminars on German translations of Shakespeare’s sonnets, literature and painting, and early American writing. The unique perspective available to me as the only native English speaker in the German college classroom, where I got to share with and learn from my colleagues, got me excited about cultural and literary exchange. These interests stayed with me, and while pursuing my doctorate at Vanderbilt University, I had the opportunity to study literature, translation, and theology at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.

    I live in Virginia with my husband and sons. When I’m not outside in the garden or riding my bike, I’m reading the latest German novel or streaming German-language movies and TV shows.

    On teaching: In my classroom, language is a tool students use to navigate meaning and encounter new ideas. I provide an input-rich environment, where students are immersed in the language through videos, songs, texts, and stories. Through these different sources, students see language as it’s used in daily context. From there, they grow their vocabulary and grammatical abilities, and gain confidence communicating about an ever-growing range of topics and ideas.

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