Maranda Maroe has been named as the K-8 Science Director for the Classrooms First Collaboration (CFC). The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved Maroe’s appointment at its June 23 special board meeting. Maroe will coordinate articulation of the science curricula for the elementary school districts that are part of CFC and will work closely in collaboration with the science directors at the D219 high schools.
Maroe brings to the CFC role her strong experience in teacher leadership development along with a background in middle school science curriculum development. For the past year she has been serving as Assistant Principal at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles. In this role, Maroe engaged the science teachers through professional learning communities and led the pilot of three science curricular programs. Prior to that, Maroe was Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for three years for Teach for America (TFA) in Los Angeles. In that post she worked with 38 teachers among 18 TFA partner schools, conducting consistent coaching cycles to strengthen individual teaching practices and implement culturally relevant pedagogy.
Before TFA, Maroe was a middle school science teacher for five years at schools in the Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) Charter School Network in Los Angeles. She co-created curriculum maps for 6th, 7th and 8th grade science and led teacher trainings for the network. She also served as the science department lead and created an annual science fair program across the schools.
Maroe earned a Master of Arts in School Leadership & Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and also earned a Master of Arts in Urban Education and Educational Policy from Loyola Marymount. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the University of California-San Diego.