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New Head of School

Welcoming Audrey Peverelli

In August 2018, Audrey Peverelli will join the Lycée Français de New York as the seventh head of school in our 83-year history. She is an international educator par excellence, with a 30-year career as teacher, director and founder of bilingual schools around the world, including in France, Switzerland, Venezuela and Brazil.
Audrey Peverelli is an Argentine-born, British and Swiss citizen who speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. A self-proclaimed lifelong learner, she was a fellow at Columbia University's prestigious Klingenstein Center. She serves on the Board of the Academy of International School Heads and is an advisor to the Board of Philosophy for Children.

Audrey Peverelli

Through inquiry, students get truly involved in what they are learning and construct personal meaning from it. We as educators are simply their facilitators for learning. Inquiry is most meaningful when it is applied to concepts crossing subjects and disciplines, as things do in the real world. All curricula can be organized this way to deepen understanding and engagement from our students.
Mrs. Peverelli has devoted her career to the areas of student well-being and inquiry-based learning, a student-centered approach that engages children deeply in their subjects. She is excited to be working with the school's leadership team to further strengthen these practices in our unique bilingual French-based curriculum.

Toby Cann, Well-being Specialist

When you have a colleague who can actually deal with the details of a student's life, and then zoom out and have a wider philosophical view of what that young person needs, you have someone who can really inspire and support the development of a young person.
Audrey joins the Lycée Français de New York with her husband, Gérard Peverelli. Her three adult children are themselves quadrilingual graduates of international schools. Today, her two sons live in Los Angeles, and her daughter lives in London.

A Global Search

The search for our new head of school was overseen by a Search Committee led by the Board of Trustees, and involving alumni, faculty and staff, with support from the international education recruitment firm, Carney Sandoe.
Audrey Peverelli's appointment was announced to the Lycée community in June 2017. Throughout the 2017-18 school year, she has been working in partnership with our current school head, Sean Lynch, who will be leaving the Lycée in July to move with his family to Hong Kong to lead the Chinese International School, to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities in time for Audrey's arrival at the Lycée in August.

Read the Board of Trustee's announcement

Search Committee

  • From the current and former Board of Trustees:  Heidi de Bethmann, Michel Brogard, Susan Fales-Hill ‘80, Stephan Haimo '74, Bernard Manuel, Véronique Gabai-Pinsky, Anna Lynn Oppenheimer, and Ion Yadigaroglu
  • From Lycée faculty and staff:  Martine Lala (Director of Admissions), Daphnée Marchini-Block (Primary teacher), Guilaine Malonga (Human Resources), Joelle Reilly '80 (Secondary English teacher)