Grade 3Maxwell Polans

My Story

I am so excited to be part of the McLean community as a grade 3 teacher this year! I got a BA in History and Sociology from Franklin & Marshall College and got my master’s degree in Elementary Education/Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining McLean, I was a 3rd grade teacher at Match Community Day in Boston, MA. I previously worked at Neighborhood Charter School in Harlem, NY.

Teaching made me fall in love with working with children and getting to see them achieve that “light bulb” or “aha” moment. Grade 3 is my favorite age to teach. Students are given a chance to begin to spread their academic wings and flourish. It is a year of growth and perseverance that many children thrive in. I value seeing my students grow into having their own voices in the classroom as the year moves along.

Outside of school, I love to spend time with my dog, Chloe, and my fiancé. I am new to the DMV area and am so excited to get to continue to explore the area. In my free time, I like to read, hike, play basketball, and tennis. I love to watch my New York/New Jersey sports teams and listen to good music.