Marja Brandon

Head of School


Marja Brandon has dedicated herself to teaching and working with young people and their families for over 30 years. Having graduated from Wellesley College, and then Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Marja has been a teacher, administrator, and consultant at both public and independent schools. Marja has developed an energetic, engaging style that puts an emphasis on respecting students and valuing the powerful connection between student-centered learning, high expectations, and self-esteem.

Her dedication to all students, anti-bias work, and her commitment to making connections between neuroscience and the classroom in authentic ways helped her found the thriving and innovative Seattle Girls’ School. Marja is now thrilled to join Beacon Academy whose Montessori mission so closely aligns to her own beliefs and values. Marja’s entrepreneurial and independent spirit and passion for innovation, inclusion, and interdependence truly mirror what makes Beacon Academy so special.