Dr. Maraia joined Léman in 2013 as Head of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. In that role, he served as the academic dean across PreK-12 with a focus on four major areas: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Development; Student Support Services; and Accreditation. In partnership with the Head of School, divisional leaders, and department heads, Dr. Maraia led the development of curriculum to best support measurable student outcomes and Léman's mission, vision, and values as an International Baccalaureate school. He was appointed Assistant Head of School in 2016 and Head of Lower School in 2017. In the Lower School, Dr. Maraia leads the daily operations of the division and academic program for Kindergarten through Grade 5, focusing on developing children's skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and building fluency across fine arts, science, and world languages. Working collaboratively with the Upper School Leadership, Dr. Maraia also spearheads the transition process to Middle School to support the academic, social and emotional success of every child.
Prior to joining Léman, Dr. Maraia was a curriculum consultant and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University where he consulted in private and public schools across New York City, the United States, and around the world. Previously, Dr. Maraia taught English at the Clinton School for Writers and Artists. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences and universities on curriculum and instruction, and adjunct professor in elementary education and educational leadership programs. He received his Bachelors from Skidmore College, followed by a Masters from New York University, and a Masters from Bank Street College of Education. Dr. Maraia received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.