Meet Head of School Lise Charlier

Born and raised in Haiti, Head of School Lise Charlier was educated in the Haitian, French, and American educational systems. Her father, Gérard Frédérique, was a Haitian ophthalmologist and her mother, Esther Eshelman, was a Mennonite nurse from a Pennsylvania farming family. 

In her time at CSW, Lise has proven herself to be a capable and accomplished educator, who leads with intellect, patience, positivity, and drive. Her 25+ years of experience as a teacher and administrator is evident in her ability to build relationships, problem-solve, and innovate with creativity and confidence.

Prior to CSW, Lise served as director of studies and strategic initiatives at Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland. Before this role at Severn, Lise was upper school assistant principal at Friends School of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. She has served on the board of trustees for Green Street Academy, the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS), the Cowles Charitable Trust, and most recently the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE).

She holds an MS in education from Johns Hopkins University and a BS from Georgetown University. 

Follow Along with Lise's Lens

List of 20 news stories.

  • Lise's Lens: January 26, 2023

    Lise reflects on changemakers in classical music, considers small decisions with big sustainability impact, celebrates Rock/{Pop and thinks about what it means to be part of a creative community.  

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  • Lise's Lens: January 19, 2023

    Lise reflects on a new view into a 40-year-old short story by Toni Morrison, thinks about the village that is CSW, shares a podcast from the folks who brought us the new Embrace memorial, and talks about a virtual visit to campus by an internationally-known graffiti artist. 
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  • Lise's Lens: January 12, 2023

    Lise reflects on this week’s powerful assembly presentation, considers reframing the concept of New Year’s resolutions, and spotlights two artists offering new perspectives on traditional concepts. 

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  • Lise's Lens: January 5, 2023

    Lise reflects on the power of relationships, finding happiness, and Julia Child!
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  • A special holiday message from Lise

    This is my final Lise’s Lens of 2022, and I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a holiday break filled with peace and joy. It’s been a busy few months here on campus, and I know the holiday season can be hectic as well (albeit in a different way). Amidst the travel, gathering, shopping, and all the other ways we mark this time of year, I hope you can create a few moments of quiet, finding some time for yourself to reflect on 2022 and dream about 2023. 

    All my best from my family to yours!
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  • Lise's Lens: December 8, 2022

    Just back from the 2022 NAIS People of Color Conference, Lise shares some fascinating plane reading, reflects on the role of student voice at CSW, and celebrates a new opera based on an old book.
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  • Lise's Lens: December 1, 2022

    This week Lise revisits music of the Eurythmics who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and looks forward to watching the movie "Women Talking" a story about Mennonite women and violence within their Canadian community based off of a 2018 novel by Canadian writer Miriam Toews. A new exhibition of contemporary Puerto Rican art at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York also caught her eye.
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  • A tribute to CSW's Dining Hall Team from Head of School Lise Charlier

    Last year I wrote about the fraught aspects of Thanksgiving. While it’s important to acknowledge them (since, sadly, so many of them are still with us), this year I’d like to reflect on the power of gathering, and thank a special group of folks who play a vital and nurturing role in our community. 

    Many of us will take time over the next few weeks to share in the preparation and celebration of food—for a variety of reasons, in a wide range of ways. These rituals, varied as they may be,  anchor us. They allow us to connect and cultivate a sense of belonging. They create space for us to catch up and build memories together. Often during the course of our lives the relationships and memories we build through these gatherings become a well of spiritual food when we need it most. 
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  • Lise's Lens: November 17, 2022

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  • Lise's Lens: November 10, 2022

    This week Lise reflects on the power of communal reading, focuses on the player perspective in the politics of sports, considers some historic wins in the midterms, and describes her experience exploring Harlem.
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  • Lise's Lens: November 3, 2022

    In this edition of Lise's Lens, Lise gets into the biography, "Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South by the late artist Winfred Rembert" as told to philosophy professor Erin I. Kelly, recommends you listen to Oumou Sangare's music, she dives deeper into her role as Head of School and encourages you to learn about Day of the Dead, which was celebrated this week by Sociedad Latinx.
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  • Lise's Lens: October 27, 2022

    In this edition of Lise's Lens, Lise reads a NY Times article on "The Little Rituals That Keep Us Going," she cheers on the fall sports teams and invites you to join her, thinks about the impact of Kanye's voice and is grateful to all who volunteered for the Admissions Open House this past weekend!
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  • Lise's Lens: October 20, 2022

    This week, Lise starts a new Netflix series, "The Empress," considers ways we can acknowledge and support today’s change makers in the LGBTQ+ community, and is excited about the new library renovations!
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  • Lise's Lens: October 13, 2022

    This week, Lise adds Nobel Prize literature to her reading list and thinks of the privilege we have at CSW. As we consider Indigenous Peoples Day she also watched a Ted Talk that explored the ways water has been colonized and explored the CSW Art Instagram.
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  • Lise's Lens: October 6, 2022

    This week, Lise reflects on the work CSW is doing in the PACE Program and the celebrates the newly elected student leaders and the End-of-Mod Shows.
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  • Lise's Lens: September 29, 2022

    This week, Lise educates herself on the situation in Iran, reflects on the words of poet Amanda Gorman, and celebrates the revival of group gatherings.
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  • Lise's Lens: September 22, 2022

    In this edition of Lise's Lens, Lise shares a BBC article that explores the question: What's the right age to get a smartphone? She also celebrates a CSW alum's recent Emmy win and reflects on legacy of Sir Ken Robinson.
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  • Lise's Lens: September 15, 2022

    This week, Lise reads an article about indigenous model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse, and listens to a podcast featuring Harvard Business School professor and CSW past parent Dr. Linda Hill '20. She also indulges in some tasty mooncakes in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival!
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  • Lise's Lens: September 8, 2022

    This week Lise shares an article that asks, "What Is School For?" and highlights some of the exciting comings and goings of campus during these first few days of school.
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  • Lise's Lens: September 1, 2022

    Lise's Lens is Head of School Lise Charlier's blog, in which she shares what she is reading, listening to, and thinking about each week. Each new issue will be shared here in the newsletter, but you can also catch up on the archives anytime here.  

    This week, Lise shares what she's been reading this summer and recaps a very exciting recent concert experience!
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Office of the Head of School

45 Georgian Road
Weston, MA 02493
Tel. 781-642-8612

Lise Charlier
Head of School

Sherrill Bounnell
Assistant to the Head of School
"Together we will guarantee that CSW remains an extraordinary school — a place where young people have the time and space to grow into the people that they want to be, in an environment that allows them to know and appreciate themselves and others, where they can ask questions freely and fully, engage in intellectual pursuit, and be kind and contributing members of society who seek social justice locally and globally."

Head of School Lise Charlier

The Cambridge School of Weston is a progressive high school for day and boarding students in grades 9–12 and PG. CSW's mission is to provide a progressive education that emphasizes deep learning, meaningful relationships, and a dynamic program that inspires students to discover who they are and what their contribution is to their school, their community and the world.