Margarete Talbert-Irving, Chief Academic Officer
Margarete Talbert-Irving joined Marion County Public Schools in July 2021 as the Chief Academic Officer. In this capacity, she oversees everything academic including:
- Area Superintendents
- School Principals
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Exceptional Student Education
- Grants & Federal Programs
- Mental Health & Wellness
- Professional Leadership & Learning
- School Choice
- Student Pathways & Assessment
Talbert-Irving was an elementary educator in Pinellas and Palm Beach Counties before moving to Orlando. There she served as principal at four elementary schools, including one where she was named “Principal of the Year” in 2016. As principal and the learning leader, she implemented opportunities for schools and communities to work together for student success. Emphasizing data-driven decisions and capitalizing on technology, Talbert-Irving increased and maintained high-achieving scores and “A” school grades multiple years in a row. She was recognized by Florida Tax Watch and Florida's Department of Education as one of three most effective principals in high-risk K-12 public schools.
A native Floridian, Talbert-Irving also served as administrative dean, assistant principal, master principal, and executive area director before joining MCPS.
Talbert-Irving holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at National Louis University.
She also participated in trainings at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education for Diversity and Equity in Leadership and Parental Engagement and Involvement. As well, she serves as an adjunct professor for National Louis University.
Talbert-Irving is the mother of three children and enjoys reading and playing the guitar in her spare time.