Jennie Wright, Office Manager
Jennie joined the McGuffey staff in 2017, bringing extensive organizational skills in advocacy, customer service, management and operations from over 30 years experience in a wide range of volunteer, non-profit and business roles. She is highly service-oriented and committed to smoothing the way for our teachers to perform at their very best and for McGuffey students to immerse themselves in the extraordinary McGuffey experience.
Jennie lived in the mountain west and on both coasts before moving to Oxford. She has two grown children and enjoys gardening, baking, knitting and reading.
Renée Armstrong, Office Assistant
Renee began working with McGuffey Montessori School, where her nephews were enrolled, in the winter of 2017. She loves her dual roles as an early care provider and office assistant. McGuffey is a natural fit for Renee because she enjoys spending time with kids of all ages and has spent her lifetime helping others. McGuffey benefits from Renee’s unique skillset acquired through seven years of nursing and over twenty years as a restaurateur and caterer.
Renee lived on both coasts prior to moving to Oxford. She has five grown children and fifteen grandchildren who she adores. Renee loves to travel for both recreation and family. She is also a voracious reader and foodie.
Casey Daubenmire, Office Assistant
Casey began working in the McGuffey Montessori School office in the Fall of 2017 when her daughter was enrolled in the elementary classroom. The Montessori method was a natural fit for Casey who enjoys constantly reading and learning new things. Her skills of problem solving, creativity, customer service and organization have been honed over many different positions with non-profits and businesses.
Casey’s interests include reading, crafts and graphic arts. She is currently developing her own Etsy site.
Sue Meabon Bartow, Tour Coordinator
Sue taught here for over 20 years and was Interim Head of School in 2008-2010. Her four children went to McGuffey. Sue has a PhD in Educational Leadership and recently retired from Thomas More College. Sue is our tour coordinator in addition to subbing when she isn’t visiting grandchildren in Oregon, Ohio and North Carolina.
Mike Desmier, Business Manager
Mike has been the Business Manager for McGuffey since 2008, when he developed a love of the culture of learning at McGuffey. Mike has been providing accounting and business services for a variety of schools and non-profits in Southwestern Ohio since 1993. He works for McGuffey part-time while also managing the finances of other entities. He has a bachelors degree in Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is completing a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry.
Mike lives in Cincinnati with his wife and daughter, enjoys numismatics and playing the guitar, both of which he has generously shared with McGuffey students over the years. He is also an ultra marathoner having run several 50-mile and 24-hour races.
Nancy Hawthorne, Head of School
Nancy taught middle and high school mathematics in Cincinnati and in the District of Columbia Public Schools. While living in Washington, DC, Nancy worked at the National Research Council, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the U.S. Department of Education. For ten years before coming on staff at McGuffey, Nancy was an education consultant providing professional development and instructional support to K-12 teachers.
Nancy is passionate about the role that independence, problem solving and skill development play in a child’s empowerment. She loves seeing the Montessori values of honoring the child influence the development of authentic confidence and self-worth in our students and applying the same principles to school culture and operations.
Nancy’s involvement in McGuffey began when her daughter enrolled in Kindergarten and included coordinating tours and serving on the board of trustees. She enjoys all things geeky and crafty.
B.S. + M.Ed., Secondary Mathematics Education, Miami University
M.Ed., Curriculum and Supervision, Miami University