Head of School

Maia Poling Acting Head of School

Maia Poling, M.ED, Acting Head of School, has taught students of varying ages since 2003. From 2008-2012, Maia taught fifth- and sixth-grade general studies at Heilicher. In addition to her teaching role, Maia served as the Teacher Development Coordinator, supporting and mentoring new teachers.

From 2012-2016, Maia taught at the Blake School in Hopkins, Minnesota. She was a member of Blake's Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS) reaccreditation steering committee and also served as a volunteer on Heilicher's strategic planning task force on academic excellence. She returned to Heilicher in 2016 as the General Studies Director and then served as the Associate Head of School before taking on the Acting Head of School role upon the announcement of Yoni Binus' planned departure.

Before making Minneapolis her home in 2008, Maia taught at the San Francisco Day School and was the Associate Director of Day School Summerbridge, a program that increased academic opportunities for highly motivated, underserved students.

Maia graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in communication and then went on to get her Master of Education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She lives with her husband, Patrick, and their two sons, Adrian and Otto, in southwest Minneapolis.