Stuart McCathie - Strategic Planning, Strategic Financial Planning, School Identity, and School Visioning

I have always been cautious and uneasy around “educators” who consistently believe they have the right answer, however, I am delighted and honored to be part of a dynamic, creative, and enthusiastic Lausanne Learning Mentor Group who are passionate about concentrating on asking the right questions.

My name is Stuart McCathie. I have been the Headmaster of Lausanne Collegiate School since 2005. My current experience, along with those prior, constitutes over 30 years’ experience in independent schools within the continental U.S. and in international schools. As a consequence of my experience and observations, I look forward to teaming with you to pursue the right questions, create sustainable and transformative solutions and enhance student engagement and joy. I firmly believe that a sustainable growth mindset for schools lies in their ability to ask and answer without hesitation the following strategic questions:

  • Who are we? – Identity
  • Where are we going? – Vision
  • How do we get there? – Strategic/Financial planning
  • How do we know we got there? – Metric development and self reflection

I have been privileged to team on the above with private/independent schools, charter schools, community centers, state associations and others on the above and more in India, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, and the U.S. locations that include, but are not confined to, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Engage Stuart McCathie

If you would like to engage Stuart, please fill in the form below or email Lausanne Learning Director acolvin@lausannelearning.com. Stuart’s contact information is below if you would like to talk to him directly.

As a Lausanne Learning Mentor, Stuart exemplifies the Lausanne Learning Five Characteristics:

  1. Student-Centered Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors always keep each student at the center of the conversation in imagining what “could be” from “what is”
  2. Sustaining Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are focused on working with the school to implement practices that can be sustained over the long term to support the school’s mission
  3. Imaginative Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors are expert and thus can imagine different answers as you interrogate the key question or questions that you are being asked
  4. Independent Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors ensure that their clients become independent of them over time, not co-dependent
  5. Fearless Character: Lausanne Learning Mentors won’t tell their clients what they want to hear but what, in their professional opinion, should be said


  • Bishop McNamara High School, Kankakee, Illinois
  • Memphis Academy of Science & Engineering, Memphis, TN
  • American school of Bombay, Mumbai, India
  • The Graded School, Sao Paulo , Brazil,
  • The American School of the Hague, Netherlands
  • Frankfurt International School, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Levitt Jewish Community Center, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Oakridge School, Arlington, Texas
  • All Saints Episcopal School, Tyler, Texas,
  • The Oakwood School, Greenville, North Carolina
  • The Montgomery Academy, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Alabama Alzheimer Association, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Caritas Village, Memphis, TN
  • Fayette Academy, Somerville, TN
  • LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, TN


Stuart McCathie

Head of School
Lausanne Collegiate School
1381 West Massey Road
Memphis, TN 38120
tel. 901-474-1004


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