Helena Payne Chauvenet, Principal

Helena Payne Chauvenet (pronounced sho-vuh-NAY) became Principal at Maury in 2018. She began her career in education in 2006 teaching Grade 7 U.S. History at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, where she taught for three years before transitioning to teach U.S. History, Civics, and Economics at Francis Hammond Middle School. Two years later, she became an ... Read More

Taeneress Griffin, Assistant Principal and Math Lead

Taeneress Griffin joined Maury as Assistant Principal in 2017 with over 10 years of experience in urban education. Ms. Griffin began her career in Prince George’s County Public Schools where she taught Grades 2–4 at Valley View Elementary School. She received the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Award from the Maryland State Department of ... Read More

Patrick Koontz, Business/Operations Manager

Patrick Koontz brings a unique blend of skills to his position as Business/Operations Manager at Maury. In his previous life at Fannie Mae, he advanced through the ranks to a director-level position in Operations. He managed a multi-million dollar budget, working with everyone from small mortgage lenders to the major players on Wall Street, and ... Read More

Colette Marchesini, Administrative Assistant/Registrar

Colette Marchesini, a.k.a. “Miss Coco,” first came to Maury as a full-time substitute teacher. Originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, she moved to Washington to work for Representative John Murtha (D-PA), and eventually worked for several other offices on the Hill. While working for Rep. Murtha, Miss Coco earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity ... Read More