The Marin Academy Parents' Association (MAPA) organizes activities and events that provide parents and guardians opportunities to get involved and stay connected with Marin Academy. Our activities enhance school life for students, faculty, staff, parents and the larger community.

A Very Warm Welcome to MAPA!

Every parent or guardian is a member of the Marin Academy Parents' Association. Find a couple of events (or more!) that look interesting to you and follow the advice you give your children: jump in with both feet!
Get Involved!
MAPA coordinates a myriad of events and we invite all MA parents and guardians to get involved! Some events occur during weekdays and others are in the evening or on weekends. Please explore the Volunteer Form and check all activities that interest you. Don't worry, you're not committing yourself to anything. You're just putting yourself on a list to hear about ways to get involved.
Stay Connected!
  • Parents' Quarterly Updates (formerly MAPA General Meetings) are a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of MA. Each meeting features an update from Head of School, Travis Brownley, plus other faculty and staff will discuss current happenings on campus. 2017-18 meeting dates are listed below.
  • Join us at MA events - whether it’s your individual Class Party, a parent hike or family service event, a Parent Education evening, or our all-community fundraising event, MA Celebrates (formerly Market Night). Each of these is a great opportunity to engage with your fellow parents or guardians and the full Marin Academy community that is such an integral part of your student’s life.
  • Make TW@MA, the all-school weekly newsletter required reading - you’ll be glad you did! This is where you will find a wealth of information about MA events, calendar updates and more! You can also connect with Marin Academy on Facebook.
High school years go by quickly. Don't wait to get involved in MA's community. MAPA is an integral part of the inclusive community that is Marin Academy and we depend on your involvement. I look forward to an exciting year together. Please say hello at one of the many events on campus this year and feel free to contact me via email with any questions or comments.

Marie Lyons
MAPA President 2017-2018
2017-2018 MAPA Executive Board 

Back row from left to right: Erin Fish (VP Student Support), Marie Lyons (President), Lisa Williams (VP Volunteer Management), and Lynda Sullivan (VP Communications)
Front row from left to right: Laurie Hyman (Treasurer), Grace Angel (VP Outreach & Inclusion)
Not Pictured: Hannah Hudson (VP Staff & Parent Support), Cynthia Weldon (Secretary)


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  • Get involved!

    Volunteering is a great way to support your school, stay informed about what is going on at MA, and make connections with other parents.

    The 2017-2018 online volunteer sign-up form is available now. 

    See the volunteer job descriptions here.

    See the 2017-2018 MAPA Committee Chair Job Descriptions here.

    See the 2018-2019 MAPA Executive Board Job Descriptions here.

    If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else, please email MAPA VP for Volunteers Lisa Williams at
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Parents' Quarterly Updates

Parents' Quarterly Updates

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend MA Parents' Quarterly Updates. Come early and socialize with yummy refreshments. Our meetings will feature information about MA activities, an update from Head of School, Travis Brownley, and guest speakers from our incredible faculty. The first Quarterly Update will be followed by a website training session for all interested parents so come join the fun!
2017-2018 Parents' Updates:
  • August 31 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Founders Lecture Hall
  • November 2 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., Founders Lecture Hall
  • February 22 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., BBLC Lecture Hall
  • May 24 8:30-10:00 a.m. End-of-Year Breakfast

MAPA Programs

MAPA Outreach and Inclusion

MAPA Parent Outreach and Inclusion works to ensure that Marin Academy Parents Association (MAPA) and the MA parent body is inclusive, open to and welcoming of every MA parent/guardian, by identifying barriers to inclusion and working to eliminate them. Join us for events and education that highlight the diverse families within the MA community. 

Click here for more information.

Parent Education

Mindfulness in Changing Time
s – Focusing our Time and Energy on What Matters Most

Tuesday, August 29
Refreshments will be available starting at 6:30 p.m; program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

What if our teens could finish high school with one life skill that would help them thrive in any life circumstance they may encounter? Our speaker, Dave Mochel, calls that skill "mindful self-regulation." As an international expert in the field of mindfulness training, Dave Mochel has spent thirty years teaching principles and practices derived from research in the areas of human development, neuroscience, and psychology.

In his talk, Dave will share with us some of the profound yet simple skills based on awareness and compassion that lead to:

  • Greater sense of well-being
  • Improved ability to deal with stress
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Greater connection to goals, values, and sense of purpose

Dave taught human development and neuroscience for over twenty years before founding Applied Attention Coaching and Consulting. He now works with individuals and teams all over the world to give them the tools they need to live and work peacefully, positively, and purposefully. Dave has degrees in biology and geology from Williams College, a Master’s in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, and he has completed a clinical internship in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.