As a co-founder of Williamsburg Learning, James is on a mission to transform education in the 21st century. He is inspiring a young generation of parents, teachers, and education leaders to prepare students to live meaningful lives and become principled leaders in the Information Age. James is a provocative speaker, published author, marathon runner, and education entrepreneur.
After earning an English degree, James graduated summa cum laude from South Texas College of Law with an emphasis in Constitutional Law. Rather than take the job in the high rise, James decided to partner with his best friend Nels Jensen. Together, they created Williamsburg Learning, a next-generation education model that combines the engagement of an exceptional brick-and-mortar classroom with the flexibility of online learning. James and Nels led the development of The Williamsburg Curriculum, which blends great literature, critical thinking, a proprietary sequence of leadership courses, and the latest technologies. They also co-founded Williamsburg Adventures to guide students and educators in humanitarian and outdoor expeditions.
James lives in the magical desert of southern Utah with his wife Ange and their four children. He loves running, biking, climbing, literature, movies, rock concerts, yoga, and comedy nights with his nerdy friends. When he grows up he wants to run for office and promote meaningful education reforms.
Faculty Mentor, Trustee at Large
Heather Rogers is a career educator and mother whose lifelong devotion has been to the excellence of education for young children. She is an expert in individualized education and in helping children reach their social, emotional and educational potential.
Mrs. Rogers graduated from BYU with a degree in Special Education. She has held various positions as a preschool teacher and director, reading specialist, special education teacher and director, second and third-grade elementary teacher and teaching coach.
She enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her granddaughter, reading, traveling, art and participating in and watching sports. She brings her passionate focus and expertise joyfully to serve the students and faculty of Canyon Grove Academy.
Policy Committee Member, Trustee at Large
Patrick Ditty is a native Californian and veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a father of six young children, who will attend Canyon Grove school in the coming years.
After leaving the Marine Corps Pat moved his family to Portland, Oregon to go back to school. It was there that he realized his enthusiasm for education. While working full time, going to school and raising a family, Patrick participated in a pilot program through the School of Business Administration to earn his business degree fully online. Pat and other students worked with the faculty and helped design a successful program that now serves roughly 300 students in Oregon.
During his time at Portland State, Patrick was invited to participate in another pilot program through the School of Business which offered a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. While completing this program he designed a non-profit organization in order to help with the homeless population in Oregon. He also served as an ambassador for Social Entrepreneurs of Portland State and worker with Impact Entrepreneurs in order to help socially-minded startups design business plans.
Pat and his family moved to Utah in 2015 and in the spring of 2016, he graduated from Portland State University with honors earning a degree in Business Management and Leadership as well as a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and innovation.
Pat is excited to once again be in a volunteer role that helps serve the community. He brings his drive, determination, and a never give up attitude to the Canyon Grove School Board. He believes that his experience in educational program design, as well as business design, will help Canyon Grove maintain its standard of excellence.
Jason Herndon is a leader, developer, writer, backpacker and minimalist living in Salt Lake City, UT. He was raised in the south where he met his beautiful wife, Joanna, in middle school where they started dating. Close to twenty years and four beautiful kids later, they are enjoying their rhythm in life.
Jo now writes curriculum for a charter school and Jason works for a day (and dream!) job at RAIN, a digital consultancy focused on creating solutions for humans, as VP of Engineering and serving on the exec team, working on various internal labs projects, as well as with clients like Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and other companies you’ve probably heard of. He has had articles featured in a few online tech blogs and digital media sites. He spends whatever time is left on my his open source, enterprise software or other projects and writing and dreaming about the future.