Anne M. Glass
Head of School
Throughout her career, Anne Glass has been an ardent supporter of single-sex education for young women and a strong advocate for students with learning differences. Anne is the 2019 Sam Kirk Educator of the Year, an award given annually by the Learning Disabilities Association of America to "an educator who has made outstanding contributions to the education of persons with learning disabilities."
Prior to joining Purnell, Anne was a Reading and Learning Specialist at The Chapin School in New York City where she provided individual assessment and academic support and was a member of the Admissions Committee. While at Chapin, Anne led a task force to conceptualize and enact a model of academic support for students from kindergarten through grade 12 to optimize access to curriculum and engagement for all learners. Anne has also been an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Special Education at CUNY Hunter College and in the Learning Disabilities Program and the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Anne received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, and earned a Master of Arts in Reading and a Master of Education in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. During the summer of 2015, she was awarded a fellowship to the Neuroscience of Reading Institute at MIT to study what is currently known about the brain basis of reading development and disability as well as implications for early identification and intervention.
Anne is a Delegate to LDA’s national committee. She is also a member of LDA’s Nominating Committee for next year’s Board of Directors of LDA and a member of their Neuro-Developmental
Chief Financial Officer
Joe McPeak has focused his career on the financial management of Not-for-Profit organizations. Prior to independent schools, he was employed in the administration of a community center and a large faith-r. Prior to Purnell School Joe was the Chief Financial Officer at The Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, MA, and Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA. Before moving to New England, Joe was the Director of Business Services at The Hun School of Princeton, Princeton, NJ.
Joe has always believed in community service and has held various positions within community organizations, both elected and appointed. Most recently, he was a member of the Planning Board for the Town of Ashburnham, MA and the Chair of the Finance Council for St Denis Parish both in Ashburnham, MA as well as several advisory boards.
Joe is happy to be back in New Jersey close to his children and grandchildren and is looking forward to serving as an integral part of The Purnell School.
Joe holds a B.S in Business Administration from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.based organization. For the past 20 years, Joe has concentrated solely in the independent school sector.
Dean of Academics
Tracy Haswell is a holistic and innovative educator with over twenty years of experience leading and teaching in independent schools. She is deeply committed to cultivating supportive academic and socio-emotional environments that develop each student as an independent thinker and active advocate for her own learning. Tracy’s educational philosophy is grounded in the importance of empowering young women to find their individual voice and their unique ways of expressing it.
Ms. Haswell’s previous experiences include roles as an Academic Dean, STEM leader, basketball coach, and social justice advocate, at both boarding and single-sexed schools. She is a lifelong autodidact in multidisciplinary studies and seeks to promote project-based, interdisciplinary investigations among her students. A proponent of design thinking, she can often be found tinkering with the 3-D printer, laser cutter, or green screen in a nearby innovation center. In addition, Tracy has led the student council and mentoring programs and has a passion for leadership development.
Ms. Haswell earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Rochester and her Master’s of Science from Boston University, both in Neuroscience. She loves “thinking about thinking” and incorporates her neuroscience background into everything she does. Along with her interest in all things “Maker”, Tracy has taken playwriting classes, enjoys writing and performing spoken word poetry, and enjoys exploring the many beaches of Rhode Island in her free time.
Director of Learning and Wellness™
Dr. Torres has 25 years plus of academic and clinical experience and leadership in both public and independent schools . She has spearheaded numerous initiatives to improve learning and created a strong sense of what it means to be a cohesive learning community. She has master's degrees in educational and school psychology as well as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Dr. Torres also earned advanced post-doctoral training in Universal Design for Learning, Orton-Gillingham, faculty mentoring, and clinical supervision.
She has established a strong record as an innovative educator and clinician who is dedicated to the health and well-being of our school community. Dr. Torres has a wonderful facility for clear explanations of cognitive and academic information to families, teachers, and students alike. She is spot-on and so easy to talk to about learning and social-emotional matters. Dr. Torres is deeply invested in guiding students to reach their potential by helping them engage in self-knowledge and active learning. Always tuned in to a student’s learning and social-emotional wellness, Dr. Torres is able to turn rigor and challenge into quests rather than fears.
Dr. Torres leverages her passion and commitment to students’ growth by always consistently approaching her work with a strong knowledge base in cognitive science and learning research. Dr. Torres creates a personalized learning profile for every Purnell student, with summarized strengths, areas of development, and suggested pedagogical approach, which become a resource for faculty. For each student, our shared goal is to identify and remove any barriers to learning to ensure academic success with a savvy, personalized learning design. She has a record of unwavering commitment to developing student and colleagues strengths with a dogged determination for excellence and success.
Director of Student Life
Vicky Browne’s educational philosophy has always centered on building an inclusive and respectful environment in order to foster student-centered excellence in education.
Prior to joining Purnell, Vicky taught and coached at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut, after relocating from the UK. Vicky has held administrative positions for 14 years in both academic and student support. Prior to her move to the U.S., she was the Director of Tutoring and Wellness at Nescot College, where she was responsible for leadership across the school on student life and well-being, as well as coordinating a whole school approach to student development. Vicky has 16 years of teaching experience, including lecturing and co-writing a Foundation Undergraduate Degree in Sports Coaching and Performance in the Department of Sport at Berkshire College of Agriculture and Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
Vicky received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Postgraduate Teaching Certificate from Oxford Brookes, and Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. She also earned a Master of Education in Leadership and Management from Chichester University. Vicky has also represented England in Field Hockey and coached for over 30 years, winning two National Championships back to back before relocating to the USA.
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Dr. Clyde Beverly, III serves as the Counseling Psychologist in Residence and the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). Dr. Beverly is a dedicated helping professional who brings a many years of experience providing clinical services in academic settings. He takes a holistic approach to working with students and fully embraces Purnell’s Learning and Wellness approach. Dr. Beverly has devoted a great deal of his academic and professional career to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion within academic environments and within the field of mental health. Prior to joining Purnell, Dr. Beverly worked at Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Center where he was the Assistant Coordinator of Campus Substance Awareness Unit and co-chair of the center’s Diversity Committee.
Dr. Beverly has provided trainings, seminars and programming aimed at increasing multicultural awareness, cultural competence and creating safe and affirming educational communities. He has conducted and published scholarly research and has been an invited presenter at numerous national and international conferences on topics including: racial identity development, campus climate concerns, stereotype threat, and providing culturally competent clinical services.
As DEI Director, Dr. Beverly plays an integral role in making sure Purnell is a welcoming and affirming campus community for all. He does this through overseeing programming including, but not limited to, workshops, seminars, professional development of faculty and staff, heritage month celebrations and facilitating ongoing dialogues that address diversity issues for all members of the Purnell community (i.e., students, faculty, staff and alumane). He also advises several student affinity groups which also serve as safe spaces for many of our students.
Dr. Beverly also supervises the Purnell Plus program for students who benefit from additional counseling support both individually and in small groups.
Dr. Beverly is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. Dr. Beverly is an avid sports fan (Go, Cowboys!) and video gamer. During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Dean of Students
Donna Andeskie is an accomplished and innovative educator and artist. Since joining the Purnell community in 2005, Donna has distinguished herself as a steady and compassionate steward for students and a leader in establishing a vibrant and caring school climate.
In addition to her role as Dean of Students, Donna teaches and acts as Chairperson of the Studio Arts Department. She also directs our Off Campus Studies and develops the Project Exploration travel curriculum. Donna has experience teaching art history and studio courses in many disciplines, and her previous teaching experience includes roles at DuCret School of Art, Middlesex County College, Middlesex County Arts High and Middle School, and The Center for Visual Arts.
Donna holds a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Outside of Purnell, Donna is an avid equestrian. She keeps and trains her horse at a nearby cooperative stable where she describes herself as a part-time farmer. She also paints and creates ceramic works of art.
Director of Alumnae Relations
Donna Martin was hired by Lytt Gould, Purnell’s first Head of School, in October of 1966 to oversee Purnell’s riding program and has remained an active member of the community ever since.
Donna was the sole member of the Advancement/Alumnae Office for its beginning years, and still oversees alumnae relations. She also organizes the school’s special events and traditions, which create a bond for Purnell students across generations. Donna continues to be the Equestrian Program Coordinator for Purnell. She teaches Hunt Seat Equitation classes as an adjunct professor at Centenary University. She has known and worked with all of Purnell’s leaders and is connected with many alumnae, families, and friends from throughout Purnell’s proud history. Donna’s daughter, Kelly, graduated from Purnell in 1988, and her granddaughter is a member of the Class of 2019.