The entire Maret community benefits from the School’s strong, dedicated, forward-thinking leadership. From Head of School Marjo Talbott’s far-reaching innovations, to the Board of Trustees’ measured and balanced stewardship, to the school-wide connections fostered by the Maret Parents Association, every aspect of the School is thoughtfully and effectively shepherded.

Check Out the Head of School's "Messages from Marjo" for a glimpse at her thoughts and reflections on all things Maret.

Messages from Marjo

Welcome from Head of School Marjo Talbott

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More About Marjo

Since 1994 Head of School Marjo Talbott has had a tremendous, positive impact on Maret. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Oversaw the implementation of two strategic plans and the newest dynamic Strategic Directions
  • Envisioned and implemented several major facilities expansions, adding more than 50% to classroom and programmatic space on campus
  • Fueled numerous record-breaking fundraising campaigns
  • Introduced many visionary program innovations, including The Case Institute for Curricular Innovation and Excellence; the complete overhaul of the School’s technology capabilities; the groundbreaking Malone Schools Online Network (MSON) consortium with Stanford University; school-wide integration of community engagement and partnerships; and foundational incorporation of equity and inclusion into the Mission of the School

Marjo Talbott is married and the mother of two Maret graduates, Rebecca '02 and Kelley '08.


  • M.Ed., Harvard University, Cambridge MA (1986)
  • B.A., cum laude, Williams College, Williamstown MA (1976)
  • History of Ideas major, with emphasis in religion, literature, and art history
  • Employment

    Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge MA

    • Assistant Head (1986-1994)
    • Co-Director of College Counseling (1986-88)
    • Advisor and History Teacher (1986-1994)

    Boarding Schools and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Boston MA

    • Director of Boarding Schools (1981-85)
    • Director of NAIS Admission Services (1980-85)
    • Associate Director of Boarding Schools (1979-81)

    The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry NY

    • Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid (1976-79)

    Board Activities


  • Association of Independent School of Greater Washington (AISGW) (Vice President–2015-present)
  • CSBGL, University of Pennsylvania (2015–present)
  • MSON–Malone Schools Online Network (Steering Committee Chair, 2012-present)
  • Horizons Greater Washington (2000-present)
  • Recent

  • Hotchkiss School (former trustee)
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) (former trustee)
  • Norwood School, MD (former trustee)
  • Professional Organizations

    • Headmasters Association (Executive Committee, 2008–2011 and 2017–present)
    • Headmistresses of the East (Past President)
    • Country Day School Heads Association (Vice President, 2017–present
    • Malone Scholars Schools
    • The Heads Network

    Board of Trustees

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    2017-2018 Maret Board of Trustees

    Mary Menell Zients, President

    Ian Cameron, Vice President
    Travis Allen ’93, Treasurer
    Diane Mooney, Secretary
    Esma Akin
    M. James Barrett
    Ken Brotman
    Leigh Comas
    E. Kay Cowan
    Ari Fitzgerald
    Simone Griffin ’96
    Daniel Hartman
    Margaret Johnson
    Michael Kirshbaum ‘94
    Marc S. Lampkin
    Tom Monahan
    Vadim Nikitine
    Michele Norris-Johnson
    Cassie Meltzer Pergament ’98
    Andrea Reid
    Shaun Seaberry
    Larry Siegel
    Ted Stettinius
    Marjo Talbott
    Aakash Thakkar
    Steven VanRoekel
    Muriel Maignan Wilkins

    Board Overview

    Maret School is a nonprofit private independent school, governed by a Board of Trustees. Members of the parent body, alumni, greater community, and past faculty are represented on the Maret School board. The board works to ensure that Maret remains financially stable, fiscally responsible, forward-thinking, and adherent to its mission and core values. Under the guidance of its president, the board is comprised of several working committees, each of which examines key issues and makes policy recommendations that strengthen the School and support its goals

    Maret Parents Association (MPA)

    The MPA strengthens the connection between home and school and enhances the educational experience for every child at Maret by:

    • Facilitating volunteer-led activities and events that build bonds and enrich our school
    • Supporting teachers and staff
    • Fostering communication among parents, and between parents and the school
    • Sponsoring educational speakers and programs for parents
    • Supporting the Scholarship Auction and other fundraisers

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