Support is built into the fabric of La Lumiere. As a community, we honor every individual and treat all members with dignity and respect. Students have a place here, whether they’re from across town, across the country, or across the ocean. Our broad support network includes passionate and committed faculty and a Student Services office focused solely on meeting the academic, social, and emotional interests of students. Our mission is to ensure that students thrive not only while they’re here, but in the decades that follow their time at La Lumiere.
Students also have weekly Advisory Meetings, which take place in a group setting and are meant to allow students to connect on a personal level with others in their advisory group and with a faculty member that they work closely with in academics or athletics. Advisors can be teachers, coaches, or administrators, and have the responsibility of communicating important information regarding grades, activities, and behavior to students and their parents. Advisory groups often bond over snacks, board games, and conversation, and sometimes travel off-campus together for group dinners. Advisors are faculty members that students trust and have a personal connection with.
Faces to Know
Kasey (Ryan) Leake
Director of Student Life
B.S. Mathematics, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Teaching License, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
Kasey graduated from the College of Charleston in 1999 with a B.S. in Mathematics. She received her teaching license from Purdue in 2011. She found her love of teaching by tutoring middle school students in math and substitute teaching. Kasey joined La Lumiere in 2001 as a math teacher. She has taught pre-algebra, algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, and honors and regular precalculus. Kasey was Chair of the Mathematics department for 10 years before moving into the role as Director of Student Life. Kasey also coaches girls tennis.
As Director of Student Life, Kasey is responsible for all attendance, dress code, and discipline matters.
Kasey attended La Lumiere as a boarder in the early 1990s. She finished her high school career at Marist High School in Atlanta, GA. Kasey was born in Lake Forest, IL and raised in Mettawa, IL.
Director of Wellness
B.A. English, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
M.S.W., Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Marje is a clinical social worker and educator with over 25 years of experience in independent schools. After serving in four boarding and day schools as a counselor, administrator, teacher, and dorm parent on the East Coast, Marje headed back to the Midwest to be near family and focus on her consulting work. In 1998, realizing the emotional lives of her students were changing due to the rapidly growing field of technology, Marje founded eKids Consulting, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding electronic technology and its impact on the social and emotional health of students. After working with over 75 schools nationwide and authoring three books on technology safety, Marje and her son joined the La Lumiere community in 2015. Marje was born and raised in the Chicago area and has a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University and an M.S.W. from Loyola University in Chicago.