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Senior Leadership Team

Annie Wright Schools' Senior Leadership Team is responsible for the daily operations, oversight, and leadership of the schools. Each team member is committed to advancing Annie Wright’s mission and key characteristics.

Jake Guadnola '90MS

Head of Schools
Jake began serving as Head of Annie Wright Schools in July 2020, but his tenure at the school began long before that. He joined AWS as a second grader when his mother became the school’s Director of Communication. He stayed through Grade 8 and was in the first class of boys to graduate from the Middle School. After high school, he earned his BA from Pomona College. In 2000, he launched his 20-year career at AWS, serving in a range of roles including English & Humanities Teacher, Basketball Coach, Director of College Counseling, Director of Summer Programming, Interim Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Upper School, and most recently, Director of Upper School for Girls. These two decades of service to AWS were only interrupted by his EdM at Harvard University from 2002 to 2003. Learn more about Mr. Guadnola here.

Ann Dicks

Director of Lower School
Ann joined Annie Wright Schools in 2010 as Lower and Middle School Counselor. She came to Annie Wright with a BA in Sociology from Emory University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington, as well as twelve years of experience working in schools with youth and families from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Ann, who was most recently Assistant Director of Lower School, believes in supporting the whole child, giving students and families proactive tools for success in all aspects of their lives, and truly enjoys spending time with students throughout the school day.

Eireann Corrigan

Director of Upper School for Girls
Eireann joined Annie Wright Schools in 2020. After earning her undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College and her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University, she served as a teacher and administrator at Rutgers Preparatory School for twenty years. A published author of eight novels for young people, Eireann encourages students share their own unique stories and perspectives.

Jean Webber

Director of Finance & Operations
Jean joined Annie Wright Schools in 2020 after working 16 years at Russell Investments. Jean was the Global Controller at Russell Investments where she managed and provided oversight of the accounting department, financial reporting, financial systems and treasury functions. She enjoys running and hiking.

Rex Bates

Director of Business Development
Rex joined Annie Wright Schools in 2008, although his association with the school as a parent, trustee and Board Chair dates back more than fifteen years. Rex's first career was in independent education as a history teacher, dorm parent and coach at Shattuck St. Mary's School. He followed that with almost thirty years in multiple leadership positions at State Farm Insurance Company.

Jeff Barber

Director of Residential Life
Jeff Barber, Director of Residential Life, joined Annie Wright Schools in 2008. After earning a BS and MS in Ecology he taught science at several other boarding schools around the US before settling down at Annie Wright. Along the way he discovered a passion for community life and character education, transitioning into residential education and administration.

Susan Bauska

Associate Head of Schools & Director of Upper School for Boys
Susan joined Annie Wright Schools in 1990 as an English teacher and later College Counselor and Director of Upper School. After earning English and education degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Lewis and Clark College, Susan was a teacher and administrator at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, OR. In addition to her leadership duties, Susan teaches an Upper School English class, enduring her passion for students, English and teaching.

Sandra Forero Bush

Assistant Head of Schools
Sandra joined Annie Wright Schools in 2010. After earning her BA in international relations and Portuguese and Brazilian studies from Brown University and her MA in international management and public policy from the University of California San Diego, she worked for a US/Latin America non-profit in Washington DC. She moved to Tacoma and worked for Russell Investments for 16 years. Sandra joined Annie Wright Schools as a part-time business teacher while remaining engaged part-time with several projects at Russell and went on to launch Annie Wright's Girls' Business & Entrepreneurship Program.

Clare Wagstaff-Brown

Director of Middle School
Clare
Wagstaff-Brown joined Annie Wright Schools in 2015 as Assistant Director of Middle School. Originally from England, she earned a BS in Biology from Keele University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Reading. Clare was the Assistant Head of Sixth Form in Birmingham, England, before moving to Buffalo, New York, where she was a teacher and administrator at Elmwood Franklin School. During this time, she completed a M.Ed. in Science Education at Plymouth State University and commenced an MS in Educational Leadership through Niagara University. Most recently, she completed the two year NWAIS Pathways to Leadership program.

Mike Finch

Director of Athletics
Mike joined Annie Wright Schools in 2016. He earned his BA from Harvard University in 2006 where he played four years of collegiate football, and followed that with seven years of teaching experience at the Middle School level. Mike's first career was in independent education as a math teacher and coach (track & field and football) at Charles Wright Academy. He followed that with four years in the financial industry before returning to academia.

Jennifer Haley '89

Director of Institutional Advancement
Jennifer returned to Annie Wright Schools in 2009, first serving in the development office and then serving as the Upper School Admissions Director before securing her current role. After graduating from AWS, she earned a BA in Economics from Smith College and an MBA from Western New England University. Jennifer previously served as an executive at DIRECTV Broadband and has a background in leadership management, technology, customer service and restaurants.

Alicia Mathurin

Director of Auxiliary Programs
Alicia Mathurin, Director of Auxiliary Programs, joined Annie Wright Schools first as a parent in 2012 and then as the Middle School Office Coordinator in 2015. After her service in the Marine Corps in 2005, Alicia began working with youth, providing resources and auxiliary programs to underserved students in Tacoma. A Tacoma native, Alicia has a passion for community and providing quality educational, recreational and social programs for youth.

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

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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 coed 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.