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Jim Brewer

Head of School

at McGillis since 2017


Contact Jim Brewer:


B.A., Spanish Teaching, University of Northern Iowa
M.Ed., Collaborative Teaching and Learning, Graceland University
M.S., Educational Leadership, Drake University



Jim was born and raised in Iowa. He couldn't wait to explore other parts of the country, and education has taken him to five different states as a teacher and school leader in public and independent schools. Jim enjoys following his Iowa Hawkeyes and is a big Chicago Cubs fan. The oldest of four boys, Jim grew up playing ball every summer and organizing neighborhood games. Jim enjoys hikes with his family, the Sunday morning paper, coffee, and chocolate.

Jim loves to learn and follow trends in education, and he appreciates the times he is able to plan and lead faculty and staff meetings. Jim and his family love Utah and feel fortunate to have discovered McGillis.


As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, what is your wish for McGillis?
To recognize and appreciate 30 years of community, success and maturity, and that we continue to distinguish ourselves as a school that teaches children to do good and kind deeds.


I am currently reading:
Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Greek chicken gyros


Favorite McGillis Tradition:
Family Group Lunch


The defining moment that led you to your career in education:
I traveled to Spain for two weeks in my junior year of high school. Upon my return, I knew I wanted to study Spanish and become a teacher so I could introduce the world to my students. I have been in education for my entire career.


Which McGillis Value do you most appreciate?
Kehilah. We all have a human need to belong with someone, at someplace, with some group. McGillis would not be what it was without a strong focus on and consideration for those who are a part of it.