A. Heather Liske


A. Heather Liske graduated with honors from Haverford College in 1995 and continued her studies in English during summers at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, earning her MA in 2003. Familiar with the boarding school experience, Heather started her teaching career at her alma mater, Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, OH) and then taught at Groton School (Groton, MA). After leaving Groton, Heather headed west to chair the English Department at Stuart High School in San Francisco, California. In 2009, Heather, her husband Paul Secker, and their daughter Hazel moved to Marrakech, Morocco where Paul taught mathematics at the American School of Marrakech. (Heather had spent her senior year of high school in Rennes, France with School Year Abroad—her fluency in French came in handy.) Heather, Paul and Hazel arrived at Deerfield a month after their return from Marrakech. She lives with Paul and Hazel (now 6) in Harold Smith.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Academic Affairs Office determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

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