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M.A., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Princeton University
Dr. Work came to Grymes as Head of School in 2005. Before becoming head, she taught for eighteen years at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC where she chaired the history department, taught Medieval History to the seventh grade, World History to the ninth grade, and chaired the curriculum committee. At Grymes, she has focused on curriculum development and on developing and implementing a strategic plan. She has participated actively in the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, especially on school accreditation teams. Dr. Work holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literature.
A native Washingtonian, Dr. Work is also an alumna of the National Cathedral School where she has been involved in a variety of alumni activities in addition to teaching. She has enhanced her teaching experience with many professional development opportunities, including extensive travel around the world. Prior to her work at the National Cathedral School, Dr. Work served as an Adjunct Professor of French and an Admissions Counselor at Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC and an Adjunct Lecturer in French at The American University, also in Washington. Dr. Work is fluent in French and has an excellent reading knowledge of several Romance languages. Dr. Work’s publications include “The Old Provencal Song of Saint Fides: An Experiment in Vernacular Eloquence,” in Romance Philology, February 1983 and “Flamenca” Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Charles Scribner & Sons, 1982.
Dr. Work is married to Peter Work, a lawyer, and has two children, Kelly, a graduate of Colgate University, and Harlan, a graduate of Cornell University. She enjoys a variety of activities including reading, biking, travel, tennis, gardening, cooking and playing with her two grandchildren.
M.A., George Mason University
Tamie Campbell has been fortunate to have lived in a variety of places as she grew up. Born in Farmington, New Mexico, her father was stationed at Chaco Canyon National Park. From there, she lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arlington, Virginia, and high school years were in Luray, Virginia.
After high school she received her Bachelor of Science at James Madison University with a major in political science and a minor in paralegal studies. After various jobs in radio advertising and retail, she stayed home with her two children, Kelly and Casey, then began substitute teaching in Orange County, and truly loved teaching. When her daughter entered kindergarten, she entered the education field full time at Prospect Heights Middle School, where she taught numerous curricula over a ten year period, and received her Masters in Education from George Mason University. In 2005 she moved next door to Madison County, again teaching a variety of courses, including middle school civics, and at MCHS, Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School world history, as well as a Geographic Information Systems class. In 2014, she joined Grymes Memorial School as the Assistant Head of School, looking to start a new chapter in her life, as her daughter got married, and son joined the United States Navy. Tamie was drawn to the unique culture at Grymes, as well the fabulous teachers and families she knew from her time in both Orange and Madison.
She currently lives in Madison with her husband Tom. She enjoys gardening, reading, and exercising.
Germanna Community College
Hope served for two years on Grymes Memorial School’s Board of Trustees before joining the administrative staff at the helm of the new Advancement Department in 2015. She lives in Rapidan with her husband Matt and three children, Sophie ’21, Liam ’25 and Griffin ’28. Hope enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, running and managing her husband’s ambitious home DIY construction projects in her spare time.
Jill is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, with a dual concentration in Management information Systems and Marketing. She has experience in web development and seven years experience as a Software Engineer with Verizon Communications. She has worked in all phases of the systems development life cycle.
After leaving Verizon in 2004, Jill shifted her career path towards Educational Technology. She holds a State of Virginia Teaching License with an endorsement in K-8 Computer Technology and has worked in the Orange County Public Schools as a Technical Support Specialist, Technology Teacher and an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. She has been judging the SIIA CODIE Awards annually since 2005 and has been featured in eSchoolNews discussing her role in the co-creation of a successful incentive-based etcher technology training program.
Jill lives in Somerset with her husband Haywood, a Grymes teacher, and two children Sierra ‘13 and Parker ‘21.
Lower School Teachers
B.A., Baylor University
M.A. University of Arkansas
After joining the staff at Madison Christian School, Kimber homeschooled her children and in 2009, the family made the decision to send their girls to Grymes. Kimber became active in the Grymes community and joined the Grymes faculty in 2010, working in the Development Office where she gained experience in fundraising and implementing the school’s newly purchased database, Veracross. In 2011, Kimber took over the position as the school’s receptionist. Her friendly demeanor, willingness to help in any situation, and knowledge of “all things Grymes” was invaluable to the school community. Kimber now serves as the Junior Kindergarten teacher.
When Kimber is not at Grymes, she is driving the girls to dancing or gymnastics. Kimber and her family love to ride bikes, hike the extensive Woodberry trails and enjoy Friday night movie nights in their basement.
BA, Warren Wilson College
M.A., University of Virginia
Carolyn lives in Orange and is married to her high school sweetheart, Mark. They have a daughter, Sarah Herndon Sydnor and son-in-law, Raphael Sydnor, three grandchildren, Sophia ’23, Henry ’25 and Everette. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, reading, knitting and flying with Mark in their airplane.
M. Ed., University of Virginia
Amy taught first grade at Madison Primary School for twelve years. She has been part of the Grymes Memorial School family since 1999, when her older son Stephen ‘08 entered Kindergarten here. In 2005, she began teaching at Grymes when her younger son Matthew ‘14 began Kindergarten here. Both of her sons are Grymes graduates and were well prepared for high school.
Amy chose Grymes for her children and herself because of the small school size, strong academic program, focus on the fine arts and public speaking, community service opportunities and emphasis on good moral character.
Amy enjoys reading, playing the piano, and baking. She serves as the organist at Beth Car Baptist Church.She and her family look forward to spending time on Virginia’s Eastern Shore each summer.
M.A., Marymount University
Rob moved to Orange in 2003 with his wife Ellen ‘85, a Grymes Alumna. They have two sons, Charlie and Douglas ‘25 and reside on Ellen’s family farm, Rounton Farm, in Orange County. After the horses, chickens and bees are taken care of, Rob enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, playing volleyball, hiking, backpacking, tree climbing and traveling.
30 Hours towards M.A. at Radford
After receiving her Virginia Teaching License, Martina was hired by Madison Public Schools where she taught both first and third grades for a total of seven years. Martina was the last first grade teacher in Criglersville Elementary, and when the school was closed she accepted an offer to teach first grade at Grymes.
After teaching at Grymes for three and a half years, Martina left Grymes to stay at home with her new son, William ‘21. She returned to drive a bus for Grymes for several years while she homeschooled her son, and when William enrolled at Grymes in second grade, Martina continued to drive the bus. She later became both the Summer Camp Director and a First Grade Teaching Aid. When William entered third grade Martina took on the role as the Reading Specialist while continuing to be the Summer Camp Director at Grymes.
Martina loves teaching at Grymes. She values a child-centered environment where a growth mindset is encouraged and learning is allowed to be fun.
Martina lives in Madison with her husband Rich Lillard, their son William and the family’s many pets of the two- and four-footed varieties. Together, they enjoy hiking, canoeing, and bike riding.
M.Ed. University of Virginia
Polly lives in Culpeper with her children David ‘20 and Sarah ‘22, who are students at Grymes. She enjoys reading, fox hunting, traveling, and skiing.
Julie feels her position as Academic Support and Enrichment program director allows her to combine all of her teaching experience with her passion for education. She enjoys Grymes’ atmosphere of small classes, encouraging teachers, and an enriching curriculum. In her spare time, Julie enjoys playing the drums, juggling, walking, and traveling with her family.
Haywood’s teaching experience began with music students and expanded when he began teaching in Orange and Greene Counties while taking classes online to earn his teaching license. While working in the public school system, Haywood had the opportunity to teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra as well as Music and Special Education in the Elementary Schools.
As husband to Grymes’ Director of Technology Jill Solek-Giles and parent to Grymes students Sierra ‘ 13 and Parker ‘21, Haywood knows the Grymes community well. Haywood and his family live in Somerset, and in his spare time he enjoys performing music and working on automobiles. Haywood currently plays saxophone and keyboard in three bands that cover most genres of music and continue sto hold private and group lessons for all ages and abilities, covering theory, improvisation, and composition.
Upper School Teachers
B.A., University of Richmond
M.A.T., Virginia Commonwealth University
Marcy joined the Grymes faculty in 2002 when she began teaching fourth grade. In 2005, as Director of Development, she organized events, managed the Annual Fund, and wrote the Grymes Times. Then, in 2009, when her daughter, Grace entered Junior Kindergarten, Marcy went back to the fourth grade classroom. In 2010 she was awarded the Weezie Chair for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2012 Marcy won the Galapagos Challenge and a chance to travel with two seventh graders to the famed land of Charles Darwin. She has been teaching fifth grade since 2013.
Marcy has been playing tennis all her life and was captain of The University of Richmond Division One tennis team and a USPTA certified teaching professional. In addition to teaching, Marcy coaches the Grymes tennis club in the spring. Marcy lives in the Green Springs Historic Landmark District near Louisa on a small farm with her husband, Brian, and her daughter Grace ‘19. Her stepson, Daniel, attends Graduate School at New York University. In her spare time, Marcy likes to garden, cook, play tennis, run, sail and play with her two Brittany Spaniels, Sadie and Skye.
B.S., Vanderbilt University
Meghan comes from a family of educators; her mother and sister are both teachers, and Meghan’s husband has worked in education for many years. The Stowers recently moved to Woodberry Forest and live on campus with their new puppy, Oliver.
B.S., University of Virginia
Dana grew up within commuting distance of Manhattan, worked her way through Trenton and Paterson State Colleges in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Nursing. She became a Public Health Nurse and drove down every back road in Albemarle County in her 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. After the birth of her two sons, she embarked on a career as a photographer and then discovered Grymes.
Outside of school, Dana enjoys running, thinking, reading, movies, writing, croquet, travel, conversation, coffee, dancing, laughing, acting silly and friends.
B.A., Vanderbilt University
M.S.W., University of Southern California
Melanie worked at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, Califormia where she taught middle and upper school Spanish and math. She also coached middle school tennis, basketball, and softball. Melanie assisted with the community service program and organized and assisted with class trips to the Navajo Indian Reservation, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Before coming to Grymes, she taught lower school Spanish at St. Luke’s Lutheran School in Culpeper. Since coming to Grymes, Melanie has taught lower school Spanish and Upper School Math.
Melanie lives at Woodberry Forest with her husband, Andrew and two sons, Tommy ‘17 and Robbie ‘19, both of whom are Grymes students. Melanie enjoys traveling to Spain in the summers with her family.
B.A., James Madison University
After being a camp counselor at Camp Glenkirk, Rod graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University certified to teach History, political science, geography, economics, and psychology in Virginia’s public schools. Rod coordinated activities for the NASA/VIMS residential Governor’s School in Hampton and prepared hundreds of students for the AP U.S. History exam at Orange County High School where he was a department head and a lead teacher. As an educational consultant, Rod has assisted school systems in Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan manage change and align curriculum.
It was while teaching at the Woodberry Forest School that Rod recognized the potential inherent in the independent school experience. Rod values creating meaningful school relationships and teaching contextually. Rod feels blessed to be a part of the Grymes community.
Rod lives in Madison County with his wife Sandy, their son, Liam, and their family boxers, S’mores and Daisy. He is passionate about American history and baseball, collecting political memorabilia and enjoying baseball simulation games. He is a member of the Orange Presbyterian Church.
B.S., Mary Washington College
M.S., University of Illinois
For 15 years, Laurie worked in computer programming, systems analysis, database design, and software training. She taught six years of math at the community college level. Since coming to Grymes, Laurie has assumed the responsibilities currently carried out by a full time Director of Development (and assistant), Administrative Assistant, Registrar, technology consultant, and teacher. Laurie also serves as the Chairman of the Math Department.
Laurie lives in Fredericksburg with her daughter, Meggie ‘10, a Grymes graduate. Recently she has returned to teaching at the community college level and teaches part-time at Germanna Community College.
B.S., University of Richmond
Prior to teaching lower school science at Grymes, Rebekah volunteered in the upper school science classes and helped coordinate the Grymes Grizzly Gardeners garden club and website. She resides in Madison County with her husband and two children, Blythe ‘16 and Nathaniel ‘22. Her interests include spinning, knitting, and other fiber arts, modern furniture design, and photography.
“Specials” & Resource Teachers
B.A., Mary Baldwin
Angela is a collector of nature objects, many of which can be found in her classroom, and she enjoys sketching and creating watercolors of her findings. When she is not spending time with her family she is enjoying photography, bargain hunting at thrift shops, cultivating her flower garden, and cooking.
B.A. Shorter College
M.Div. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Teresa and her husband John moved to Madison, Virginia in November, 2012. They have four young adult-aged children.
Teresa has always loved books. She spent much of her time as a child staying up past her bedtime to read. Now she finds joy in helping students find books that they don’t want to put down until the very end. Along with interests in children’s literature and children’s literacy, Teresa enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and organic gardening.
Germanna Community College
Laura and her husband, Chris, live in Culpeper with their daughter, Loretta ‘13, and son, Elijah ‘14, both Grymes alumni. They are active members of White Oak Run Baptist Church, where Laura serves as a deacon, teachers Sunday school, serves as a choir director, and occasionally teaches adult Bible classes.
M.Ed. School Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia
B.S. Economics, Virginia Commonwealth University
As husband to Mary Linda McLearen, who has taught at Grymes for many years, Allan is well-versed in all things Grymes, but he particularly enjoyed coaching the 2016 girls’ soccer team and is thrilled to join the Grymes community as a member of the staff to share his passion for coaching, sportsmanship and fitness with Grymes students.
Father to three sons Sam, who is Director of Planning of Culpeper County, Matt, CPA partner with Robinson, Farmer and Cox, and Luke, a Major, U.S. Marine Corp, Allan enjoys spending time with his eight grandchildren, attending activities that range from soccer to basketball to piano. Allan is an avid distance runner who still competes competitively in Master’s Division races.