School Leadership

Anne Stavney, Head of School, earned her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Washington and her first B.A. in Government from Smith College. Since joining Blake in 2012, she has led the school in a successful $80 million comprehensive campaign to fund student financial assistance, faculty professional development and facility renovations. Under her leadership, Blake has developed a global immersion program and a computer science program and has significantly revised the school’s curricula in world languages, literacy, mathematics and humanities. Before joining Blake, Dr. Stavney served as Assistant Head of School and Middle School Director at her alma mater, Lakeside School in Seattle. She serves on multiple boards including the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) and the Children’s Theatre Company of Minnesota.

Associate Head of School Anne Graybeal

Anne Graybeal, Associate Head of School, earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and her B.A. cum laude in English Literature and French Literature from Pomona College. In addition to serving as an Academic Dean at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, she has taught English at the Madeira School, the United States Senate Page School, and the Webb Schools, where she served as English Department Chair and received the Thompson and Vivian Webb Award for Excellence in Teaching. She joined Blake as Upper School Director in 2010 and taught both American Literature and AP English 11.

Jay Dean, Middle School Director, earned his M.S. in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and his B.S. in TV, Radio and Film Production from Syracuse University. He joined Blake as Assistant Middle School Director and English Teacher in 2011. Prior to joining Blake, he worked as a Humanities teacher and Academic Dean at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California, for nine years.

Upper School Director Joe Ruggiero

Joe Ruggiero, Upper School Director, earned his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Language and Cognition from Northwestern University. He has a B.A. in English from Vassar College and also studied literature and linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He joined Blake as Upper School Director in 2015, after serving for 13 years as Head of Upper School and four years as a teacher at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. Prior to that, he was the Academic Dean at The Kildonan School in New York, as well as a lecturer, diagnostician and clinician in the Department of Education and the Learning Disabilities Clinic at Northwestern University.

Lower School Director Raymond Yu

Raymond Yu, Lower School Director, earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, his Ed.S. from the University of Minnesota, his M.A. from the University of Saint Thomas and his B.A. from Skidmore College. He has served as a classroom teacher, central office administrator and public school principal and held various board positions, including membership on Harvard University's Graduate School of Education's Principal Advisory, the University of Minnesota Urban Leadership Advisory, and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Community Education Advisory. A highlight of his career in education was starting as a third grade teacher at The Blake School in 1992.