Brimmer Blog

What makes a school special is both who its people are and what they believe. At Brimmer, you will find educators who embrace new ideas, respond with dynamic programming, and adjust to the needs of each student. You will find students who are encouraged to be inquisitive, confident, and open with their ideas and beliefs. We are a PK – 12 community that models what it means to be lifelong learners. In Brimmer’s school blog, our educators and administrators share their unique perspectives. Come learn how our students are inspired to learn, encouraged to explore, and empowered to lead.


  • September

    Summer Reading

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Last spring, we had a March Madness-style bracket to choose the summer reading books for the Middle and Upper Schools.
  • Mrs. Lee created a collaborative art project that all MS students and faculty participated in to create this beautiful collage.

    Brimmer's Solid Moral Code

    Judith Guild, Head of School
    I love the summer in part because I have more time to read. A recent essay by David Brooks caught my attention. His article entitled “How America Got Mean” made me curious as I had been thinking some of those same thoughts myself.
  • The Power of Questions

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Questions are the keys that unlock the doors to knowledge, creativity, and growth. They ignite curiosity and inspire us to explore the world around us. Today, I want to emphasize just how crucial it is to ask questions, not just in the classroom but in every aspect of your life.
  • Unleash Potential

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    At Brimmer and May, your voices are valued, and we hope that you will be active participants in the learning process. The adults in our community have big hopes for you, and we work hard to help you achieve your goals.
  • Ms. Neely and Mr. Iuliano Attend Workshop at Harvard

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Ms. Neely Mr. Iuliano attended a workshop at Harvard University Divinity School in pursuit of professional development for their teaching practice in Brimmer’s Upper School History Department.
  • August

    Summer Work

    Kimberly Formisano, Head of Lower School
    I often hear from those who aren’t teachers how great it is to be a teacher because of having summers off.  Contrary to the misconception that teachers simply relax during these months, many dedicate substantial time to refining their teaching practices. 
  • July

    Class of 2023: Modern Day Influencers

    During the last decade when members of the Class of 2023 were growing up, the social media marketing industry developed a new role for individuals to play, called the Influencer.
  • June

    Commencement 2023 Speech

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Read Head of Upper School Josh Neudel's remarks from Commencement 2023.
  • Senior Dinner Speech

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Read Head of Upper School Josh Neudel's remarks from Senior Dinner, the night before Commencement.
  • May

    Collaboration in ColLabs

    Kimberly Formisano, Head of Lower School
    Spring has also brought colLabs to the upper elementary grades. It has been a privilege to see the students in action and see what is explored through cross-grade level collaboration.
  • March

    A Student-Centered Approach to Learning

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    Brimmer’s Middle School prides itself on being a student-centered environment. Student-centered learning is a pedagogical approach that prioritizes the needs, interests, and abilities of individual students. 
  • February

    Advanced Placement®: One Step Forward, Two Steps Forward at Brimmer and May 

    Joe Iuliano, Assistant Head of Academic Affairs
    Assistant Head of Academic Affairs Joe Iuliano reflects on the relevance of Advanced Placement courses both nationally and at Brimmer.
  • Ms. Connaughton working with Grade 5 students.

    Focus on LS Math

    Louisa Connaughton is Brimmer’s Pre-K to Grade 6 Math Specialist. She has led some exciting work with our students as well as partnering with our teachers to help them grow and develop as educators.
  • Winter Middle School Curriculum Highlights

    Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
    With the new quarter came new units of study across the Middle School. Students in Science 6 have been studying the physics and engineering of bridges. In Grade 7 Visual Art, students are beginning a project in tandem with their current science unit on Biomimicry Design.
  • Finding Moments of 'Awe'

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    Whether it is major awe-inspiring events such as experiencing the Grand Canyon for the first time, seeing a newborn baby, listening to a feel-good story on the news, or just the simple moments during the day... finding moments of awe can help lead to joy and balance. 
  • January

    Empathy Task Force in LS

    Kimberly Formisano, Head of Lower School
    Students from the youngest age know what it means to be empathetic. At Brimmer, our faculty and students are dedicated to helping one another. Empathy is at the core of everything we do each school day.
  • Understanding The Impacts of ChatGPT

    Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
    The academic world was thrown into a frenzy with the release of an artificial intelligence chatbot known as ChatGPT. While the use of AI has been increasing, until the release of this new site, nothing had been accomplished in this genre with this level of sophistication.
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