Learning Support

The Learning Support Department strives to meet the individual needs of students, to encourage each student to reach his or her personal best, and to cultivate age-appropriate self-management skills that lead to independent and community-minded thinking. The Learning Support Department also provides professional development opportunities for the faculty to enhance their knowledge of how students learn and expand their use of the best practices in teaching, as well as collaborates with classroom teachers to help ensure that all students are being challenged and supported in their learning.
Learning Specialists are able to provide additional academic support beyond what the classroom teacher already provides, either within the larger classroom environment or outside of the classroom individually or within a small group. Students who are identified with specific learning difficulties worthy of an assessment are directed to outside sources for psycho-educational testing and are supported by the Learning Support team during this process. As our students grow, Learning Specialists work to give them self-advocacy skills and tools to move to their next level independently and successfully.

Learning Specialists also support parents and families to establish strong communication with teachers, better understand the academic needs and challenges of their children, and provide wider awareness of academic opportunities beyond high school. 

Learning Support Faculty

List of 7 members.

  • Jennifer Bills 

    PYP/Curriculum Coordinator
  • Ian Corey-Boulet 

    Upper School for Girls Learning Specialist & Humanities Teacher/Dorm Parent
  • Laura Kiely Kukreja 

    Lower School Learning Specialist
  • Amy Locke-Chappel 

    Lower School Mathematics Specialist
  • Dianne Matthaei 

    Upper School for Boys Learning Specialist
  • Jennifer McConnell 

    Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Ann Rubin 

    Upper School for Girls Learning Support Specialist


Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.