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Our mission is to educate children and instill in our students a love of learning and the abilities to think critically, live ethically, and appreciate the value of each individual.

Next Head of School Announcement

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Brewer as The McGillis School’s fourth Head of School commencing on July 1, 2017.

Jim brings to The McGillis School an impressive professional background that spans public, independent, and alternative school experience. He is a progressive educator and administrator possessing the skills, character, and vision to lead our unique school community. We are particularly impressed with the way his core values resonate and align with those of The McGillis School’s.

Jim’s impressive career spans 16 years as both a teacher and an administrator. Early in his career, he spent seven years as a Spanish teacher and bilingual instructor at public, alternative, and independent schools in Texas, Iowa, and Oregon. In 2011, Jim took on the role of Middle School Dean of Students at University Liggett School in Michigan working with faculty on equity and inclusion, and piloting and implementing technology programs school-wide. Most recently he has served as Assistant Head of School/Head of Middle School at University Liggett School, with an enrollment of approximately 610 PK-12th grade students.

Complementing his professional achievements, Jim has earned two Master Degrees: one from Drake University in Educational Leadership, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Graceland University, following his graduation from University of Northern Iowa. Jim and his wife, Sara have two children who will be attending The McGillis School.

“I am thrilled to become the leader of a school community that holds ethics as highly as it does academic innovation in educating its learners,” Jim shared with the community. Upon learning of his new Headship, Jim expressed his delight in being asked to lead The McGillis School, and cited the warmth of the community and commitment to learning. “I look forward with great anticipation to building on The School’s current position of strength. Enrollment is strong, students are engaged, families are committed, and the faculty and staff are highly talented. It’s an exciting time to be at The McGillis School.”

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