Speaker Series

Events for our Community

Annie Wright offers several opportunities throughout the year for the community to hear from experts in a range of fields. Topics include parenting, education, science, technology, travel and more. These events are free and open to the public. Contact Annie Wright Schools at 253.272.2216 for further information.

Upcoming Speakers

Growing Up Classes: for pre-teens & their familes
January 22 & 29, a two-part class

For more information and to register visit or call 206.789.2306

This event is open to families from any school. $90 per parent/child pair ($70 per additional family member). Scholarship funds are available through Great Conversations. Each family will receive a copy of Dr. Rob and Julie’s book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?

The goal of the “Growing Up” class is to create an opportunity for pre-teens and a parent or trusted adult to receive information in an engaging format and relaxed atmosphere. We emphasize family communication and resources to support young people on their journey through adolescence.

Past Speakers

Kathy Sarin, Ed.S: Homework Survival Strategies, October 2018

Angst film screening
, November 2018

FCD Prevention Works
: Substance Abuse Education & Prevention, 2018 & 2019

Ana Homayoun: Overcoming the Culture of Perfectionism in School & Life, October 2017

: Growing Up in the Digital Age
, January 2017

Michael GurianHow Boys & Girls Learn Differently, October 2016

Grant Bronsdon: Yale University Info Session, September 2016
Marilyn Ponti, Director of Financial Aid Services at Whitman College, April 2016

Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food, February 2016

Stefanie Thomas: Internet Safety, November 2015

Lisa Miller, PhD: The Spiritual Child, October 2015
Rosalind Wiseman, thought leader, social researcher and author on social justice and bullying prevention, April 2015

Rob Evans
, clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service, October 2014

Katie Greer
, national expert on Internet safety, April 2014

Jody McVittie, MD
, director and cofounder of Sound Discipline and parenting expert, November 2013

Laura Kastner, developmental psychologist specializing on teens & tweens, May 2013

Mary Verbovski, Pediatric Dietitian from Seattle Children’s Hospital, & Rebecca Michi, Sleep Consultant, November 2012

John Medina
, brain researcher and author of Brain Rules, August 2012

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud, producers of the documentary Finding Kind, January 2012

Save the date

Growing Up Classes: January 22 & 29
Renowned brain researcher John Medina at Annie Wright
Michael Gurian discusses the science behind how boys and girls learn.


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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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.