I was born to be a teacher – that’s why I founded Touchstone. Math creates peace in my mind. My bookshelves are full of biographies, books about the world, children’s books, and a few murder mysteries. I have over two decades of broad ranging experience in education, including classroom teaching, school administration, school reform projects, research & development and policy analysis. I have a BS degree in Civil Engineering, a Virginia Certification in Secondary Math Education, and a Masters of Public Administration. I have worked with the Coalition of Essential Schools, Kansas City Teaching Fellows and Outward Bound’s Expeditionary Learning. All of these past experiences now support my passion for mentoring children and young adults at Touchstone. I enjoy a beautiful garden, especially one filled with hydrangeas. And March is one of my favorite months because of college hoops! Rock Chalk!
My name is Keith Wamsley, and I feel privileged to be part of the distinguished team at Touchstone. I have been a Latin, History, and Economics teacher for the past ten years at Fredericksburg Academy. Before that, from 1988 to 2004, I taught the basic business course at Wawa, Inc. I hold a BA degree in Classics and English Literature from Cornell University, an MLS degree from the University of Mary Washington. I enjoy mathematics as a serious avocation – you could say that I suffer from a serious love of learning! I co-authored the book Leonardo’s Universe, published by National Geographic, with Mary Washington physics professor Bulent Atalay and we are currently at work on a book about the mathematics of Isaac Newton. I am devoted to travel and, as administrator of the international student travel program at Fredericksburg Academy, I have recently visited China, Peru and the Canadian Arctic. Any available spare time I spend reading—mostly history and literature—and tending to my book collection. But the thing I am most passionate about is teaching, especially the kind of one-on-one teaching we do at Touchstone.
As an English teacher of twenty-four years, I’ve grown to love the spontaneity of the classroom, the beauty of the written word, and the satisfaction I get from teaching my students how to think for themselves. I am deeply passionate about helping people see the connections between literature and life and have dedicated most of my life, in one way or another, to that passion. Currently I am the English department co-chair and IB English teacher at Brooke Point High School, where I’ve been a staff member for twenty-one years. When I’m not teaching, I spend my time seeing the world from the seat of a bicycle or at home with my amazing family: my wife, the artist; my daughter, the scholar; my son, the rock star; and my dog, the beagle.
Our youngest tutor, Paul is a high flying SAT scorer, an Eagle Scout, a beautiful writer who is at ease with math at very high levels. He is currently studying things mathematical and biometrical. No wonder we have snagged him. A devoted tutor, Paul develops a quick rapport with our students and he is quick to understand their perspectives. You may have seen him in town with his dog Boo. And yes, he is Mrs. Angela Williams’ #1 son.
I came to Virginia from the Midwest to attend the University of Mary Washington where I earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Liberal Studies in English and Secondary Education. Having taught at the high school level in Stafford County for twenty-seven years, my expertise is with students transitioning to college. I have seen my students move beyond standardized tests into successful college and military careers. From teaching English 9, 11, and 12 to American Studies, Photojournalism, AP Literature and Composition, Dual Enrollment English, and IB Theory of Knowledge to teaching graduate classes at the University of Mary Washington, I enjoy encouraging students to see their strengths and conquer their challenges. Currently, I am an adjunct instructor of College Composition at Germanna Community College where I have been trained as an Online Master Teacher. For inspiration, I participate in activities sponsored by the Northern Virginia Writing Project at George Mason University as well as support my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. As a lifelong learner, my studies have gone into doctoral work in higher education, but my focus remains reaching out and supporting college bound students and their families within our community where I live with my husband of thirty years, our two beautiful daughters, and our cat, Kay.