Anne Stavney

In our second installment of “My Breakthrough Why,” we are excited to hand the mic over to Anne Stavney, Ph.D., head of school at The Blake School.

“Blake’s nonprofit partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools helped draw me to the Blake Head of School position 12 years ago. Why? Because Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake makes a positive and lasting difference in the trajectory of young people’s lives. Breakthrough students feel part of a vibrant educational community. They are engaged and inspired by their teachers. They rise to the program’s high academic expectations. They build self-confidence. And they develop a deep love of learning. One remarkable student at a time, Breakthrough at Blake helps to close the opportunity gap facing high-potential, under-served students. Blake is honored to host and sponsor this transformative program.”

If you are interested in sharing your “Breakthrough Why,” please contact BMB Executive Director Tricia Crossman at