Maran McLeod is a born and raised Angeleno. From childhood she took an intense interest in the performing arts and studied piano, choral music, and classical ballet. As a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, McLeod was fortunate enough to sing with the LA Master Choral at the Hollywood Bowl and with Los Angeles Opera in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She studied Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet under Lisa Sutton, Ina Haybaeck Rogers, and Marat Daukayev and had the opportunity to participate in the Spotlight Award Competition and Youth America Grand Prix, as well as perform with the Moscow Ballet. McLeod became interested in arts education as a profession after taking an internship with Center Theatre Group’s Education and Community Partnerships the summer of 2013. In addition to her love for the performing arts, McLeod has come to value the classical model above other methods of academic instruction. She was introduced to classical education in high school through Veritas Press’s Omnibus, logic and Latin curricula. These sparked her desire to continue with higher education based on the classical model. McLeod recently earned her B.A. in history from Hillsdale College where, among other things, she participated in the Lyceum reading group, sang with the Chamber Choir, choreographed Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, played Miranda in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed an open-air production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, was a member and soloist of the Tower Dancers, and served regularly in music ministry at College Baptist Church. She is very excited to start her third year teaching at Benjamin Franklin Charter School, and considers it an immense privilege to work at a school that pursues goodness, truth, and beauty.