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Faces of LFA

Get to know our community! On this page, our students, faculty and young alumni share anecdotes about their LFA experiences. Please hover over each photo to read their quotes!

Flipbook Student -Ricky A.

Ricky ’22
Day Student
Lake Forest, Ill.

“The relationship between faculty and the students definitely goes beyond the classroom. LFA's small class sizes allow teachers to get to know their students and many will attend sporting and other school events. The presence of an advisory and advisor allows students to have a member of faculty that they can go to and also a group of students to talk to. So, yes, your teachers will definitely know you at LFA.”

Flipbook Student Hannah L

Hannah ’21
Day Student
Lincolnshire, Ill.

“Being able to meet people from different places around the world and learn about various cultures is such an amazing opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It helps people develop a cultural understanding of the world, which is an extremely valuable asset to have.”

Flipbook Faculty- Tameka Carter

Tameka Carter
Assistant Dean of Pluralism & Multicultural Affairs, Modern & Classical Languages Teacher (Spanish)

“Our administration understands that our students learn by doing. Every single year, I do a trip abroad for students to come and practice their language. Probably the most rewarding was definitely the trip to Cuba. It was amazing: they learned so much about their language, about democracy and what that means to other people in different places.”

alumni Jordan Wolff portrait

Jordan Wolff ’15
Alumnus

“Throughout college, I was able to take on roles such as being a teaching assistant, leading software development teams, and consulting for businesses because of the leadership skills I was exposed to at LFA. Now in my early career, I am able to distinguish myself by leveraging my leadership skills to demonstrate initiative and lead cross-functional software development teams. I am so grateful for the opportunities I had at LFA to learn and practice these core skills.”

Flipbook Student - Natasha

Natasha ’21
Boarding Student
Kohler, Wis.

“Being part of the community at LFA means so much more than just going to school – it includes making new friends, learning about other cultures, and figuring out what you're passionate about.”

Flipbook Student - Yutan Jin

Yutan "Tan" ’22
Boarding Student
Beijing, China

“Although dorm parents are technically teachers and faculty members, they are more like guardians I can trust personally. Knowing that my dorm parents are nearly accessible 24 hours for seven days a week for any problems ranging from academics to personal life is a very reassuring fact that allows me to build trust with my dorm parents.”

Flipbook Student Mariana Q

Mariana ’22
Day Student
Lake Forest, Ill.

“I love being able to do all the things I want to all at the same time; take hard but interesting classes, being part of teams and having fun in games and practices, and doing clubs that expand on the growth of my favorite hobbies.”

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Catherine Kvam ’16
Alumna

“My favorite classes at LFA were the two independent study courses I took with Mr. Dozois. For the first one, we researched the American justice system. I shadowed a district judge, met with the Lake County State’s Attorney and interviewed a police officer. I am so grateful that he took the time to cultivate such amazing learning experiences — one that prompted me to intern with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office during college.”

Flipbook Faculty Paul M.

Paul Makovec
Mathematics Department Chair

“One of the things I enjoy most about LFA is how much everyone cares about each other. It’s apparent that kids understand the importance of learning here, but what sets LFA apart is that students truly cherish relationships made with teammates, classmates, teachers and coaches.”

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Stephanie Ramirez
Science Teacher

“The science department at LFA is unique in that we have our own building dedicated to science. We offer your core classes but then we offer interests such as engineering, bio chem research, anatomy and physiology, forensics. We do an excellent job at providing a different experience for all the students.”

alumna Katie Kim portrait

Katie Kim ’15
Alumna

“My favorite memories of LFA are all the traditions that get passed on from year to year. Traditions such as All School Handshake, House Cup, ringing the bell after an athletic win, and senior year activities are some that I will never forget. These traditions not only bring the diverse community together but also encourages a strong school spirit.”

Flipbook Student -James K.

James ’21
Day Student
Lake Bluff, Ill.

“Rallying to one of our first wins in baseball was definitely a high point in my athletic career at LFA. The energy from the team was electric, pushing my friends and I to hit the balls we needed to score runs, and eventually win.”

Flipbook Student- Emily H

Emily ’21
Day Student
Lake Forest, Ill.

“I’ve been able to build stage confidence through the arts department and have learned many engineering skills as an active member of the robotics team.”

alumni Sarah Hershenhorn

 Sarah Hershenhorn ’17
Alumna

“Something I still cherish from LFA even after graduating is the sense of community. My teachers really knew me beyond the classroom. They attended my sports games, were always willing to help me after class, and overall took a genuine interest in who I am. I still keep in touch with many of them. This sense of community is definitely the foundation of my success at Northwestern University.”

alumna Amira Samra portrait

Amira Samra ’19
Alumna

“One of my favorite classes was AP Government with Dr. Pathak. I picked the class because I have always been interested in the government and the class helped me better understand politics as well as potential careers from our multiple guest speakers. He encouraged open, non-judgemental discussions that allowed everyone to respectfully share their viewpoints and build an inclusive class environment.”

Flipbook Student Colin Gupta

Colin ’24
Day Student
Glenview, Ill.

“There are countless things I enjoy about being a day student at a boarding school. One thing I have often found very helpful is that many of the teachers here live on campus which makes it very easy to find time to meet or seek help from them if needed. I also appreciate that because LFA is a boarding school, it has an exceptionally strong feeling of community.”

Vaughn family on the beach posing for portrait

Suzy Vaughn
History & Social Science Teacher

“The small class size at LFA gives me the opportunity to establish personal connections with every student. I am able to get to know the kids really well, and spending time with students outside the classroom makes class that much more personal and fun.”

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Ferdoss ’22
Boarding Student
Chicago, Ill.

“You meet your closest friends playing whatever sport you do along with memories and conversations that you will never forget. Nothing can beat the bus drives with your team, sometimes they’re a lot more fun than the game itself.”