Jake Guadnola Named Next Head of Annie Wright Schools

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 Annie Wright Schools Board of Trustees announced earlier this week their unanimous decision to appoint Jake Guadnola as the next Head of Schools. He begins the new role July 1.

Guadnola was in Tacoma and currently works for and is an alumnus of Annie Wright Schools. He graduated among the first class of boys to go through Annie Wright Middle School and went on to graduate from Bellarmine Preparatory School in 1994. He earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College where his successful basketball career led to his induction into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Guadnola later attended Harvard University where we earned his Master of Education degree.

In his 20-year career at the school, Guadnola has served in a range of roles including English and humanities teacher, basketball coach, director of college counseling, and more leadership roles.

“We are thrilled that in Jake, Annie Wright Schools will be served by an experienced educator and visionary leader with a proven track record, and a passionate and committed member of the Annie Wright and South Sound communities,” said Michele Bessler, chair of the Annie Wright Schools’ Board of Trustees.

“Annie Wright Schools have played a profound role in my life, both personally and professionally, and it is a sincere honor to be named Head of Schools,” said Guadnola. “Working with this dedicated faculty and inspired Board of Trustees, I will ensure we remain a student-centered institution, one that positively impacts the lives of children. Together we will move Annie Wright Schools from strength to strength.”

Guadnola’s wife, Stacey, director of philanthropic engagement for the Greater Tacoma Community

Foundation worked alongside him for several years at Annie Wright, most recently on the senior leadership team as both director of admissions and director of philanthropy. She remains an active parent, volunteer and champion of the school. Their two young sons are actively engaged in all areas of school life at Annie Wright.

Guadnola will succeed Christian G. Sullivan, who announced in October that he will step down as Head of Annie Wright Schools in June, after serving in the role for 10 years. He accepted the headship position at Bullis School in Washington, DC. and has been a visionary change maker for Annie Wright Schools, including leading the way to creation of the Upper School for Boys and their new building which opened earlier this year, and much more. Learn more about the schools here aw.org

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