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Administrative Team

B.A., University Of Virginia

M.A., College of William & Mary

Since 2007, Jonathan Brand has served as the founding Headmaster of Chelsea Academy, an independent college-preparatory school in the northern Shenandoah Valley. Mr. Brand established the mission and curriculum, recruited faculty and students, developed traditions and extracurricular programs, and guided the school through its first decade. Along with teaching History, English, and French and coaching basketball over the years, he led Chelsea through the accreditation process and served on several accreditation teams with the Virginia Independent Schools Association and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

Prior to founding Chelsea, Mr. Brand served as Chair of the History Department at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and as Academic Dean at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS). At St. Anne’s-Belfield, he taught American and European history, led a review and revision of the Lower School history curriculum, and initiated an oral history project with World War II veterans at a local nursing home. During his ten years at TASIS, he started as a history and English teacher, basketball and track coach, and dorm parent before going on to chair the history department, head a dormitory, and ultimately oversee the academic program. He also led students in cultural excursions to significant sites all over Europe, particularly France and Italy, where his knowledge of and love for the language, landscape, and culture go deep. Most importantly, Mr. Brand met his wife, a math teacher, at TASIS.

Mr. Brand holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in history from The College of William and Mary. After an upbringing in Ohio and New Jersey, he moved to Central Virginia the summer before his senior year and graduated from Madison County High School.

Mr. Brand and his wife, Mary, have three sons and two daughters. In addition to playing and reading with his children, he enjoys hiking, running, and cycling, coaching youth sports, traveling, and watching UVA basketball.

B.S., James Madison University
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.


Piedmont Virginia Community College
Germanna Community College
Kim’s love of Grymes started as the mom of a 3 year old in Junior Kindergarten.  She came to help out in the front office for a brief six week period that has lasted almost 15 years. She is a native of Orange County and loves living where she grew up. Kim worked at a bank and for many years at State Farm Insurance in Charlottesville, VA, before becoming a stay-at-home mom to Emily ’13 who is now a high school senior.  Kim and Emily still spend much time together at Grymes as Emily is now interning in the JrK classroom.
Kim says she enjoys working in the business office because she gets to enjoy all aspects of Grymes: the faculty, the parents, the board of trustees, and especially the children. In her spare time she enjoys reading, quilting, and spending time with her family and friends.



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B.A., West Virginia University
A.A.S., Tidewater Comm. College
  Angie Olds joined Grymes as the Director of Admissions and Communications in 2018.

Having grown up in a military family, Angie called many places home during her youth, including Germany, San Francisco, Indiana, Maryland, and West Virginia. The majority of her grade school years were spent in Evansville, IN, before moving to Cumberland, MD, and then Keyser, WV, in high school.
She met her husband while attending West Virginia University, where she earned her B.A. in International Studies. After college, she spent six years in Portland, ME, working for Pierce Promotions, an experiential marketing agency, exploring New England, and learning to snowboard and stay warm.
Angie then worked at Learning Without Tears, in Bethesda, MD, as the Marketing & Communications Manager. There she led the print, social media, and webinar marketing efforts to bring educational books and tools to educators of grades Pre-K through 8.
Most recently, Angie and her family relocated from Portsmouth, VA, where she worked as Marketing Manager for C&F Enterprises and completed a degree in Graphic Design.
Angie, her husband, Sam, and daughter, Delilah, (Junior Kindergarten, class of ’28) live in Ruckersville, VA, with their two dogs, Daisy and Odin. They’re ready to put some roots down finally and are very excited to call Ruckersville and Grymes “home.”


B.S., University of Virginia
Jill fell in love with technology at the tender age of seven and hasn’t stopped clicking since.  Initially a pre-med student, it as not until her college roommates pointed out her ability to resolve problems with the printers in the dorm computer lab that she finally realized the direction she wanted to take in life.

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

Kimber Keating is a Woodberry Forest resident and mother of three Grymes students, Maddy ‘16, Alexa ‘18 and Caroline ‘20.  She is a product of private school education, having attended Pulaski Academy in Arkansas, where her mother was a teacher. Kimber graduated from Baylor University in 1996 and completed a Master’s program from the University of Arkansas in 1997.  As an undergraduate at Baylor, she worked at the Methodist Home for Children Day Treatment Center in Waco Texas. After receiving her MA from UA, she accepted a position as housemother at St. Thomas Choir School in New York, supervising and caring for fifth through eighth grade boys. During this time, she met Matthew Keating, a math teacher, got married and moved to Woodberry Forest School, where he continued his career as a math instructor in 2000 and Kimber worked as the registrar.

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

Laura Gay was raised in Albemarle County, Virginia.  She graduated from Warren Wilson College with a degree in Latin American Studies in 2003.  She also completed a double minor in Spanish and Outdoor Leadership.  After marrying Colin Gay, Grymes class of ’89, she and her family moved to Woodberry Forest in ’09.  She is the mother of two Grymes students, Spencer ‘23 and Elizabeth ’26.


BS., Old Dominion University
M.A., University of Virginia
Carolyn Herndon grew up in Orange and is a graduate of Orange County High School.  She graduated cum laude from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.  Carolyn earned a masters degree in reading from the University of Virginia.  She taught 34 years in the Orange County Public School System.  Carolyn’s experience includes 32 years teaching Kindergarten one year in first grade and one year as Peer Coach working with all students and faculty at Orange Elementary School.  Carolyn has served as grade level chairman, represented Kindergarten at the state and county level, worked on textbook adoptions and supervised student teachers.

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.

Alexandra Gonzalez grew up in Culpeper, Virginia, and graduated from Eastern View High School in 2011. Alexandra received academic and cheerleading scholarships to attend Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Alexandra studied Special and Spanish Education. After college, Alexandra spent three years in customer service and substituting at elementary schools in the area.

In 2016, Alexandra moved back to Culpeper, where she pursued her passion for education and began working for Culpeper County Public Schools as a special education paraprofessional. This will be her second year at Grymes, and she will serve as the Kindergarten Instructional Assistant alongside Carolyn Herndon.

Alexandra and her partner, Kevin, moved to Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, Virginia, in November 2017. They live there with Kevin’s son, Reed, their two dogs, Pippi and Leia, and their two cats, Delilah and Sophie.


B.A., Mary Washington College
M. Ed., University of Virginia
Amy is a resident of Madison County. She grew up in Madison and attended the Madison County Public Schools. Amy graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Mary Washington College in Music with elementary education endorsements. In 1995, she received a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia. She holds a Commonwealth of Virginia Postgraduate Professional Teaching License in Early Education NK-4.

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.


B.S., VA Polytechnic and State University
M.A., Marymount University
Rob was born and raised in Falls Church, Virginia with his two sisters and brother. He received a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Virginia Tech and his Master’s in Education from Marymount University.  He has taught in various districts in Virginia as well as in the Seattle area in Washington and five months in Nairobi, Kenya.

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.


B.S., Radford University
30 Hours towards M.A. at Radford
Martina Kuhnert was born in Jamaica Queens, New York.  She lived in Oxen Hill Maryland until she was 10 and then moved to Stafford, Virginia where she lived until she finished high school.  During summer vacations  Martina worked for Stafford County Parks and Recreation. She started as a summer camp counselor’s aide and worked her way up to being a camp director. Martina then attended Radford University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Recreation and Leisure Services degree. She then became a wilderness counselor for Eckerd Youth Alternatives in Hendersonville, NC and worked with adjudicated youth in residential setting. After completing her commitment to Eckerd, Martina returned to Radford University and earned a teaching certificate.

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, their son William and the family’s many pets of the two- and four-footed varieties. Together, they enjoy hiking, canoeing, and bike riding.


B.S. Syracuse University
M.Ed. University of Virginia
Polly grew up in New Hampshire. She graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and a M.Ed from the University of Virginia in Reading Education.  For the majority of her teaching career, she taught in the Fairfax County Public School systems.  She has taught first, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, as well as special education.  Polly has been fortunate to work in many different types of classroom environments with students who have a wide variety of learning styles.  She believes that lessons should be accessible to all students and enjoys watching the development of her students throughout the school year.

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.


B.S., Mary Washington College
Julie is a native of the Shenandoah Valley, where her family has lived for eight generations. She comes from a long line of teachers and began her teaching career in 1986. She graduated from Mary Washington College with a degree in Biology and Education and is certified in sixth through eighth grade general science and third through sixth grade elementary education. For the 1988-89 school year, Julie traveled to the International School of Aruba, where she taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math, science and biology. After Aruba she settled in Orange, where she lives with her husband, Ben and her two daughters, Grace ‘12 and Sarah ‘18.

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.


B.A., University of Virginia
Haywood went to high school locally at Madison County High School and, after a few years in the Army as a combat medic, graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Music. He then worked for financial institutions and bio-medical companies in varied roles to include database analyst, developer, project manager, and technical sales support.

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 Virginia

M.F.A., Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

 James developed a love of learning, sports, and the great outdoors very early in childhood while growing up outside Belleville, Michigan. But it wasn’t until fifth grade, after winning his school’s annual Turkey Trot run, that he discovered his passion for distance running. This passion would inspire him to keep running throughout high school and even throughout his college years. While attending the University of Virginia, he ran varsity track and cross country while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree and also earned the Aunspaugh Fifth-Year Art Fellowship and the Algernon S. Sullivan Award. 

James received is Masters of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and then went on teach at The Heights School in Maryland as Art Director, while also coaching wrestling, track, and cross country. Most recently, James taught Visual Art and coached wrestling and rock climbing at Woodberry Forest for two years before starting at Grymes Memorial in 2018.
James and his wife, Jenna, live in Culpeper, Virginia, with their four children: Finley (Grymes ’26), Joseph (Grymes ’27), Julia, and Benjamin, along with their plot hound, Charlie, and tuxedo cat, Lou.


B.S., James Madison University

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B.A., James Madison University

Julie Yauger is from Fairfax, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University, where she majored in English with a concentration in writing.

She began her professional career at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, first working in the Childhood Education in the Arts Program and then continuing for five years in the Entertainment division. At that point, she moved to Man- hattan and landed her dream job working for a producer on Broadway. Julie then proceeded to travel nationally and internationally for the next ten years, managing Nickelodeon shows and Broadway touring productions. She enjoyed all of these ventures but is very happy to have landed at Grymes Memorial School, where she can continue to pursue her passions in theater and writing from a permanent address.

Julie lives in Gordonsville with her husband, Bruce and two sons, Landon ’22 and Lorenzo ’25, both of whom are Grymes students. In her spare time Julie reads incessantly, thinks about how she should be exercising and brainstorms ideas for the children’s books she would like to write. She is very much looking forward to the next chapter of her life- exploring literature,writing and the dramatic arts with the Seventh Grade.


B.A., Vanderbilt University
M.S.W., University of Southern California

Melanie Handelsman graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Mathematics and Spanish. She received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Melanie is entering her fifteenth year as a teacher of Spanish and math.

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

Rod McLeod, born on his mother’s birthday, grew up an only child in Falls Church, Virginia, enjoying the Washington area. Valuing education and appreciating history, Rod gravitated toward the well told story.

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

Laurie grew up in Northern Virginia, the oldest of six children. This must be why she can put up with just about anything! Laurie earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Mary Washington College and a M.S. in Mathematics from the 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.A., University of Richmond

M.A.T., Virginia Commonwealth University

 Marcy Wagner is a native of the eastern shore of Maryland where she developed a love for the Chesapeake Bay and environmental education. Grymes reminds her very much of the school she attended as a child, The Country School in Easton, Maryland where she made friendships she maintains today.  Marcy is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
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.

“Specials” & Resource Teachers


B.F.A., Frotsburg State University

M.A., National University

Anissa was born and raised in Western Maryland and lived in Northern Virginia and California before settling in Central Virginia in 2012. Anissa and her husband, Nathan, have two children, a dog and six chickens. Anissa studied Art and Design at Frostburg State University then traveled to Southern California where she worked on her Teaching Certification. After returning to Virginia from the west coast, Anissa taught Elementary Art in Northern Virginia. After five years of teaching in NOVA, she moved with her family to the Charlottesville area. Soon after moving, Anissa worked on acquiring her Masters Degree in Educational Technology through National University in 2013, and then began her own business called “Artsy with Anissa” in 2015. Through her business, Anissa has enriched the lives of young and old encouraging them to paint with confidence.

Anissa enjoys painting with her two children, the outdoors, her chickens and attending WVU football games with her family. When she is not spending time with her family she enjoys cooking, checking out architecture, listening to music and working in her garden.


B.S., Frostburg State University
M.A. University of SW Louisiana

Tracey lives at Woodberry Forest.


B.A. Shorter College
M.Div. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Teresa Huelskoetter (pronounced “hull sketter”) joins the Grymes faculty as the Librarian/Media Specialist.  Teresa has a B.A. in English and Religion & Philosophy from Shorter College in Georgia and a M.Div. in Theological Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  She spent most of her childhood in Georgia, but her adult life has been divided between New Orleans, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, and Virginia.  Teresa has always enjoyed working with children and she has a variety of educational experience in private schools, public schools, and public library systems, as well as a short period of homeschooling her own children.

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 Nelson is a resident of Culpeper, Virginia and a graduate of Culpeper County High School. After high school, she attended Germanna Community College and completed two years of coursework in General Studies. Laura has extensive work experience as an administrative assistant in the Fairfax County Office and has served numerous years in management. Laura played basketball throughout her high school years. She has experience refereeing youth sports games and has coached for The Culpeper Youth Basketball Association. Laura is the head of coach of the Grymes girls field hockey team and the girls basketball team.

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.

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