Meet Lelia Grinnan, Director of Accreditation

Lelia Grinnan arrived at VAIS in August 2017 with a wealth of independent school experience encompassing roles as student (Collegiate School, 13y), parent (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, 15y), tutor (12y), and teacher (15y). Lelia holds a BA in history and French from The University of Virginia and a Master of English Literature from George Mason University. While pursuing a second degree from Mason, a Master in Secondary Education in Curriculum and Instruction, she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, GMU’s chapter of the International Honor Society in Education. Lelia also has pursued professional development at Columbia University (Teacher’s College Writing Institute) and Montpelier’s Center for the Constitution. Her early teaching career began at Georgetown Day School and also included substitute positions at Alexandria Country Day School and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, among others. In 2005 Lelia founded A Scholar’s Progress, a tutoring company designed to meet the needs of independent school families seeking differentiated and specialized instruction. Her reputation as an innovative and caring instructor sparked her return to the classroom. Most recently, Lelia served nine years as a faculty member at Browne Academy. In addition to teaching English literature and global issues, she filled many roles at Browne: chairing the Language Arts and Curriculum Committees, leading VAIS accreditation committees, creating interdisciplinary programs, integrating technology to enhance learning opportunities, and creating inquiry-based curriculum standards. Lelia is a thoughtful communicator, a highly effective public speaker, and an incisive writer.
As Director of Accreditation, Lelia capitalizes on her growth mindset and seeks to promote innovation, communication, and collaboration among member schools.
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