Jonathan Gray

3rd Grade Teacher


Originally from the West Coast, I have lived all over the U.S and the U.K. I liked school so much that I stayed in it until I was 28, ending with a PhD in Early Modern European History from Stanford University. Upon graduating I taught Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary and Religion at Middlebury College. Then I discovered my true passion: kids. I became a stay-at-home Dad for seven years. Three years ago I re-entered the teaching profession, this time in elementary education.

I am married to a gorgeous sporty adventure gal, and I have three kids, all of whom still laugh at my jokes. Faith is also an integral part of my identity, and I worship at Jericho Congregational Church.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Honors History, Summa Cum Laude, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Masters of Arts, University of Mississippi
  • Master of Arts, History, Stanford University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Early Modern European History, Stanford University
  • The Suzanne Thomas Faculty Award for scholarship and research at Virginia Theological Seminary

  • Stanford History Departmental Fellowship
  • Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library
  • The University of Mississippi Prize for best original graduate research in the field of history
  • Oaths and the English Reformation (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • “Conscience and the Word of God: Religious Arguments against the Ex Officio Oath,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 64 (2013): 1-19
  • “Vows, Oaths, and the Propagation of a Subversive Discourse,” Sixteenth-Century Journal, 41 (2010): 731-756.
  • Skiing, hiking, camping, scuba-diving, and watching the Seattle Seahawks win