The Friday Five: Introductions

September 16, 2016
September 16, 2016

The Friday Five: Introductions

We’re excited to start an all-new feature on the blog: The Friday Five. Each week, we’ll share five things with you, and each week the highlights will be different. Every Friday at 5:00pm we’ll reveal our Friday Five!

Get to know our entire faculty and staff on our all new Faculty Directory page!

For our very first Friday Five, we want to introduce to you five new members of our faculty and staff. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet these new family members at Back to School Night, in your child’s classroom, on the athletic field or driving your child’s bus, but for those of you who haven’t met our new teachers we’d like to to take this opportunity to make some introductions…


Haywood Giles
Lower School Spanish & Upper School Pre-Algebra

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.


Meghan Stowers
Sixth Grade Homeroom & Lower School Technology

Meghan Stowers grew up in Poolesville, Maryland. She graduated from Poolesville High School in 2007. Meghan received a scholarship to play lacrosse at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she double majored in Elementary Education and Child Studies. For the last four years, Meghan taught fifth grade and coached JV girls lacrosse at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. This year will be her first at Grymes, where she will serve as the sixth grade homeroom teacher. Meghan is excited to continue teaching in a 1:1 iPad classroom.

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.

allan-mclearenAllan McLearen
Athletics Coordinator & PE Assistant

Having recently retired as Assistant Superintendent, a teacher, coach, building administrator and central office administrator for the Madison County Schools, Allan McLearen is delighted to join the Grymes community as Athletics Coordinator. Allan graduated from University of Virginia with a M. Ed degree in Administration and Supervision and has a BS in Economics from the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a career coach, Allan’s extensive accolades include coaching the State Championship-winning soccer team at Madison High School, the state runner-up teams in both boys and girls cross-country, and District and Regional Championship-winning teams in soccer and cross-country. Allan has been named District and Regional Coach of Year in soccer and cross country, and Charlottesville Track Club Coach of the Year.

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 last Spring.

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.


Teresa Eick
Reading Resource

From the age of five, Teresa knew that she wanted to be a teacher. After the first day of Kindergarten, Teresa remembers coming home and announcing to her parents that she was going to teach. This passion for teaching continued through high school where Teresa took a class in which she spent mornings in a Kindergarten class, and for three years in the program, Teresa was always drawn to the students who needed extra support and encouragement. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Teresa took classes at Shenandoah University to become a Reading Specialist, and she continues to work on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

Teresa has worked at Grymes as a tutor and learning support specialist for the past year, and she is excited to join the Grymes community as the Reading Resource to continue her passion of helping students tackle the challenges of learning to read.

Teresa, her husband John and her four children ages 15, 16, 25 and 27 have lived in Culpeper, Virginia for 30 years. Her oldest son attended Junior Kindergarten at Grymes.


Warren Carter
Bus Driver

Warren is an experienced educator and bus driver who has worked in the world of education for over 30 years. Having taught in the Orange County school system from 1976 – 2006, and in the Fauquier County school system from 2006 – 2011, Warren has been a mainstay in area schools as a teacher and bus driver for almost a generation!

Warren lives in Unionville, and in his “semi-retired” spare time, he loves to farm.


Have a great weekend!