From the Director of Admissions

From the Admissions Director

Not too long ago, an Archer alumna looking for her first job after college walked into an interview with a prospective employer. After speaking for a few minutes, the young woman was stopped mid-sentence by the interviewer who asked, "Did you go to Archer?" The young woman replied, "Yes, I did. How did you know?" The interviewer said, "You are poised, confident, and genuine - all characteristics of an Archer girl. I should know as my daughter goes to Archer now."

I share this story for two reasons: we often hear that it's easy to spot an Archer girl and our students, past and present, are everywhere. As I always like to say, all roads lead to Archer.

An Archer girl is bright, creative, kind, and motivated. When she graduates, she is a self-possessed, entrepreneurial young woman with an unbridled desire to achieve greatness. Once she leaves the walls of Archer, she goes to medical school, starts her own business, becomes a wife and mother, designs interior spaces, defends clients in a courtroom, does scientific research, develops projects in the entertainment industry, works for fashion designers abroad. The possibilities are endless.

These possibilities become realities for our students by way of Archer's educational philosophy which is best expressed by our school motto: "Ambitious, Joyful Learning." We offer excellence in teaching and learning. We take pride in our unparalleled, research-based teaching methods. At the same time, we place high value on our happy culture. Archer is known for its inclusive environment that fosters sisterhood and collaboration. We expect our students to lead balanced lives and to find the joy in all that they do - inside and outside the classroom.

I thank you for your interest in Archer. Experience Archer for yourselves. Consider attending an open house, a neighborhood coffee, a campus preview, or all three. Please be in touch with the Admissions Office to discuss how Archer and your daughter might be the right match.
-Felicia Paik, Director of Admissions
"To me, an Archer girl is dedicated, compassionate, inquisitive, spirited, and effervescent."
Felicia joined Archer in 2010. She holds a degree in communications from Stanford University and was a journalist for almost 20 years, writing for numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Felicia is committed to education and to service in the community. She was the Board Chair at Brentwood Presbyterian Pre-School, PTA President at Franklin Elementary and Lincoln Middle Schools in Santa Monica. She is also a past president of the Korean-American Parents Association at Harvard-Westlake School. Felicia is a girls' school graduate who attended the Westlake School for Girls and Castilleja School. Felicia's daughter, Sabrina, is an Archer student and her son, Ryan, is a freshman at Harvard College. Along with her husband and two children, Felicia lives in her hometown of Santa Monica.

Meet the Admissions Office

Carla joined the Archer community in 2013 and has been able to continue pursuing her passion in education. A Los Angeles native, Carla earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in language and literacy from California State University, Long Beach. Carla has been a classroom teacher and has worked previously as an admissions officer at an all-girls’ high school in Glendale. Outside of Archer, Carla enjoys family time with her husband and two children, Sebastian amd Camila. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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Angela joined Archer in 2017 with more than 15 years experience working in arts administration and development at museums in L.A. and New York. Angela earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Middlebury College. A proud third culture kid, she grew up in Africa, Europe, and the U.S. and speaks French and Spanish. Angela is committed to fostering connections between people from different backgrounds and eager to help select the next generation of young leaders at Archer. In her free time, she travels, visits museums, and studies interior design.

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Amy joined the Archer community in 2018 and is passionate about the education field. She grew up in a small city in Florida and is excited about her new adventure in Los Angeles. Previously, Amy worked as an admissions officer at Florida State University where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in corporate and public communication. She speaks Mandarin Chinese. In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling, spending time with her loved ones, and staying active.

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Lucy joined the Archer community in 2011 as a history teacher. Later, she was the history department chair for several years before she joined the Admissions Office. Lucy grew up outside of Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of Archer she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Bo and Sadie.

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Marla Terry brings her perspective and experience as an alumni parent at John Thomas Dye and current Archer parent as well as several years experience in the admissions office of Westside Neighborhood School. Marla works with both incoming families as an interviewer with the Admissions office and with the College Guidance team as they guide 11th and 12th grade students through the college application process. Prior to her work with students and families at Archer, she had a long career in the fashion industry and is a graduate of FIDM.

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