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Join us in honoring Jennifer Annable

At the end of the 2019-20 school year, Jennifer Annable will be retiring as Executive Director of APL.  She’ll be honored at our Feb. 29th Auction.

January 17, 2020

News about Academy for Precision Learning and Jennifer Annable

from our Board Co-Presidents Gary Ennis & Sujan Akella

On behalf of APL’s Board of Directors, we would like to share some important news with you.  At the end of the 2019-20 school year, Jennifer Annable will be retiring as Executive Director of APL.  Given her passion for the continued growth and evolution of APL, she will remain on as an advisor in the 2020-2021 school year to assist with community partnerships and relationships.  We are excited to announce that the Board of Directors has selected Kelly Meyer, currently APL’s Director of Lower School & Curriculum and Instruction, to serve as the Executive Director of APL starting in June, 2020.  Jennifer and Kelly will work closely together in the coming months to prepare for a smooth transition to Kelly’s leadership.

It is hard to encapsulate what Jennifer has meant to APL, the Experimental Education Unit (EEU), and to our community as a whole over the course of her amazing 35+ year career.  Jennifer’s passion for education, equity, community, and for all of her students over the years, is truly unparalleled.  We know we speak for all of us when we say THANK YOU.  We have all been very lucky beneficiaries of her compassion and commitment, and APL has a very bright future because of her steadfast leadership. 

We are fortunate to have an educator of Kelly’s caliber to step into the executive leadership position and help us take APL into the next phase of growth and evolution.  Kelly brings a range of educational programming experience to the table as a teacher, a program developer, and a school leader, supported even further by her completion this year of the Pathways to Leadership Program through the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.  Kelly has embraced APL’s mission and focus on ensuring every student’s success through accelerated academic progress, social development, unique and tailored enrichment opportunities, character building, and community involvement.  Please join us in welcoming Kelly to this new and exciting role!

Here are a few words from Jennifer and Kelly directly:

“From the first time I saw Kelly’s application to APL, I knew she would be a great addition to our team. With APL’s support over the past two years, Kelly has been participating in the NWAIS Pathways to Leadership program. Choosing to retire has been a long time coming, it wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Turning seventy this year, and knowing we had such strong leadership in Kelly, helped me know it was the right time. I have all the faith in the world that she will continue to grow APL and hold true to its mission. I will continue to champion APL as the very best place for students all across the autism spectrum. It is also an amazing school for typically developing kids, as both of my grandchildren have been lucky enough to experience.” Jennifer Annable

“I am honored and thrilled to take on this leadership position at APL. In the two years I have been a part of the school, I have come to love our families and the mission. I have a deep respect for the dedication and commitment of our staff. Our students are so fortunate to learn alongside such a diverse and talented group of teachers and technicians. I began my career as a teacher with a commitment to social justice in the classroom and community, and am proud to continue this commitment at APL. Our model of inclusion is groundbreaking and I look forward to nurturing the school in our next chapter. APL wouldn’t be where it is without Jennifer Annable. We are so grateful for everything she has done to foster the dramatic growth of the school. Truly, Jennifer’s incredible passion for inclusive education and for APL inspired me as a school leader. Jennifer has agreed to stay on in an advisory role to help support my transition into this role.”  Kelly Meyer

We will be honoring Jennifer’s distinguished career serving the cause of special needs inclusion and education at the 2020 APL Auction on February 29th.  We are also launching the Jennifer Annable Legacy Fund to grow financial support of APL’s ongoing efforts to deliver quality inclusive education and increase our impact in the broader community. 

Again, please join us in a heartfelt thank you to Jennifer for all she has done to champion our community over the years, and in welcoming Kelly as the next great leader of APL!

Thank You,

Gary Ennis & Sujan Akella

Co-Presidents, APL Board of Directors

Questions about the transition or about APL in general can be directed to Kirk Laughlin, Director of Advancement at kirk@aplschool.org or at 206-427-0115.