Dr. Susan Wise Bauer
Susan is a writer, historian, and educator. 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. She is also the author of the History of the World series (Norton) and the Story of the World series (Well-Trained Mind Press).
Her books and curricula are available from Well-Trained Mind Press and other booksellers.
She has a Ph.D. in American Studies 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) at Peace Hill, the family farm in Charles City, Virginia, which is also the home base for her husband and her adult children, as well as, at the time of this writing, one dog, several cats, a collective of ducks, many Angora goats, even more Leicester Longwool sheep, six Merino sheep, four horses, two donkeys, a variable number of pigs, five mini-cows, and an ever-changing number of chickens. Click here to learn more about Peace Hill Farm and the Bed & Breakfast at Peace Hill.
You can read more about Dr. Bauer on her website.
In 1989, Jim Weiss set out on a mission: to record the greatest stories he knew from world literature and history and inspire families - especially young listeners - with a passionate love of the original classics. In the three decades since then, Jim's narration voice and seemingly numberless character voices have formed foundational entertainment and education for millions of listeners around the world.
Winning hundreds of awards, Jim’s recordings range on the literary side from fairy tales through stories from William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Conan Doyle, while his history recordings bring to vivid life major historical events and personalities from the ancient world through the twentieth century.
The inspiration for all this began early, with parents and grandparents who told stories and read aloud to him, skills which Jim joyously acquired and which led him to a degree in Communications and Speech from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Later, his wife, Randy, earned her own national awards as a teacher and counselor, and their shared passion for learning led to forming their company in 1989, long before the explosion of spoken word recordings made this a "sensible" decision. The recordings began winning listeners and national awards from the first. A few years ago, the Weiss's licensed their recordings and business operations to Well-Trained Mind Press, which has successfully introduced Jim's work into still more markets while Jim continues to write, record, teach, and perform.
You can learn more about Jim and Greathall Productions here.
Kate Snow is a math educator on a mission to help parents raise kids who are capable and confident in math. An experienced homeschool parent, classroom teacher, and curriculum writer, she holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Walden University. Kate is the author of Preschool Math at Home, the Math With Confidence elementary math and middle school curriculum, and the Math Facts That Stick series.
You can learn more about Kate - and math - on her website. Take a look: she writes about math education, answers customer questions, and reviews math curricula to use after Math With Confidence. She offers samples and book lists, too.
Jessica Otto teaches grammar to middle schoolers. She's a self-proclaimed grammar nerd and believes that the phrase "knowledge is power" applies to the mechanics of grammar and writing.
Peter Enns, professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, has taught the Bible in churches, universities, and seminaries for more than 25 years and has written several books on Scripture, including commentaries on Exodus and Ecclesiastes, a study guide to Genesis, "How the Bible Actually Works," "Inspiration and Incarnation," and more. He is the co-host, with Jared Byas, of the popular "The Bible for Normal People" podcast.
He and his wife Susan live in Pennsylvania, where they raised their three children. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard and a Master’s degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. Visit his website at www.peteenns.com.
Boris Fishman (MFA, New York University) is the author of our Creative Writer series. He is a writer, editor, and translator. He is the author of the acclaimed novels A Replacement Life and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and the short-story collection Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Harper’s, and many other publications. You can learn more about him on his website.
Kayla Meyers is a writer, cultural historian, and educator living in Austin, Texas with past lives in Madrid, Spain and Richmond, Virginia. She writes about all things pop culture and contemporary political rhetoric and has published work in academic journals and magazines, including The Journal of Popular Culture. Kayla has presented her work at numerous academic conferences, and helped program the 2017 Southeastern American Studies Conference as well as the 2019 SXSW EDU Conference & Festival. She’s taught writing and English with the Well-Trained Mind Academy and is the author of Who Said What?, published by Well-Trained Mind Press.