Student Support

欧洲杯哪里投注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 Advisory Meetings twice each week, 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.


Faces to Know


Kasey (Ryan) Leake
Director of Student Life
B.S. Mathematics, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
欧洲杯哪里投注Teaching License, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN

Learn more about Kasey

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.


Paulyn Church
Director of Inclusion
General Science degree, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College, IL.

Learn more about Paulyn

Paulyn will begin the 2020-2021 school year with over 35 years experience in independent schools, 31 of which have been in boarding schools. She taught Biology and Psychology, coached tennis, and worked in residence halls at The Stony Brook School (NY). Paulyn also served students as Director of Counseling Services and Student Support, providing emotional and mental health and academic support respectively, for 13 years. At Covenant Christian Academy, her work included re-implementing and managing the International Students Program, putting in place a vibrant academic support and Homestay program.

Paulyn attended a boarding school and completed a General Science degree at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. She later completed an M.A. in Chinical Psychology at Wheaton College, Il. She continues to teach AP Psychology and has been a reader for the National AP Psychology exam. At La Lumiere, as Director of Inclusion, she focuses on helping to ensure that every student in attendance has a sense of place. She is committed to mentoring students in and outside the classroom, to help them realize their full potential academically, as citizens and as leaders. Paulyn is married to David and is the proud mother their daughter, Chelsea.


David A. Church
Assistant Head for Student Life
B.A. English, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
欧洲杯哪里投注M.A. English, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Learn more about David

David will begin his 38th year in independent schools with the start of the 2020-2021 school year. He taught English, coached soccer, and worked in residence halls during the first twenty years at The Stony Brook School (NY). David also directed the Middle School and the Summer Programs during his third decade at Stony Brook. In 2001-2002 David earned a Klingenstein Fellowship at Teacher’s College (Columbia University) where he studied private school leadership. From 2015-2019 David was the Upper School Principal at Covenant Christian Academy in Peabody, MA. David’s academic interest was kindled in the Midwest at Wheaton College (IL) and University of Chicago where he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English in 1981 and 1983 respectively. He has decades of experience with student leadership, student discipline, athletics, residential life, and travel learning. He is married to Paulyn and they have a 31 year old daughter, Chelsea.