Dear Episcopal Day Community,
My first glimpse into life at Epsicopal Day School came from watching videos of eighth grade chapel talks. From 3,000 miles away, I was awed by the grace, confidence, wisdom, and hope voiced by the students. Their words said it all: Episcopal Day lives its mission to prepare students to be leaders of positive change in the world. I knew at that moment that I had found a special school – one profoundly committed to its Episcopal identity and one that treasures each child. Every minute on campus and every conversation since has deepened my sense of awe. I could not be more honored and excited to serve as Episcopal Day’s next Head of School.
“This is my day. What will I do?” What an inspiring question. The answers to that question are boundless. Under Ralph Wales’s extraordinary leadership, the school has done transformational work around mission and identity. It has come through the pandemic with strong enrollment, an excellent leadership team, a fabulous faculty, and a tremendous board. The Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion affirms the school’s deep commitment to belonging and justice. And guided by the partnerships between Ralph and Father Eric, the relationship between the Church and the school is beautifully supportive and empowering. This is a moment of such opportunity.
I said during the search process, and I will reiterate here, there are two words you will hear from me more than any others: joy and partnership. For me, that is what our work is all about. Joyful schools foster student-centered learning; they nurture curiosity and confidence; they build character and courage. And joyful schools come about when there’s genuine partnership between families and school. These words are the root of my educational philosophy, and I know they are core to Episcopal Day.
For me personally, Episcopal Day feels like a homecoming. My husband, Tim, and I both attended Sacramento Country Day School, a small independent school which my parents, as the leaders of the school, built from the ground up over the course of my childhood. While we've been on the East Coast for the past fifteen years, Tim and I have strong ties to the Bay Area from our college days, although we have to sit on opposite sides of the field at Big Game! Our three children – Pete, Jack, and Meg – are launched in their young careers and college lives, but they spent all of their childhood summers in California and are already planning their visits. For us, school and home have always been intertwined, and we cannot wait for the Grieve family to become part of the extraordinary Episcopal Day family.
I close with my gratitude to the Search Committee, Ralph, Father Eric, and the entire community for welcoming me so warmly during the search process. I am eager to work with all of you and, together, to carry Episcopal Day School into its very bright future.