March 20, 2018 Hope Scibal

Message to the Grymes Community from Jonathan Brand

Message to the Grymes Community from Jonathan Brand

March 20 , 2018

Dear Grymes Memorial School Community,

It is an honor to join the Grymes Memorial community as the next Head of School. My wife, Mary, and I, together with our children, eagerly anticipate the opportunity to get to know all of you and to contribute to building on the school’s inspiring seventy-year legacy.

We are grateful to the many people – Board and Search Committee members, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other friends of the school – who so generously welcomed us during our visit. From our handshakes with students as they stepped off their school buses in the morning to the gracious hospitality extended at the Board of Trustees reception in the evening, we were impressed by the authenticity and warmth of the Grymes community.

Equally so, the seriousness of purpose, joyful work and play, and deep love for the school that pervade the campus make us excited about the years ahead. Dr. Penny Work is leaving behind a treasure. We are all indebted to her for guiding and strengthening Grymes over the last thirteen years, and I look forward to working with you to continue developing all that is good and meeting head on the challenges that the school will face in the future.

I thank the Search Committee and Board of Trustees for selecting me for this position, and it is with great respect for the school’s traditions and high expectations for its continued flourishing that I embrace this opportunity to serve Grymes.



Jonathan D. Brand