Wendy Duvall, Lead Teacher
Before becoming a teacher, Wendy spent 15 years in the field as a graphic designer. In the evening, she volunteered at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and worked as a caregiver for elementary-aged residents at the GLAD House in Cincinnati. While teaching her own children, she realized that design and education dovetailed perfectly in the Montessori Method, combining intentional materials in a planned environment. This led her to seek her Montessori certification. In 2006 Wendy and Susie Lute founded McGuffey’s Preschool Playground program, and launched the Primary program together in 2011. In addition to her Montessori training, Wendy is a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor.
Wendy has three children who attend McGuffey and enjoys designing her own Montessori materials, photography, and hanging out with her dogs, chickens, and horses.
Mary Murray, Assistant Teacher
Mary joined us last year as an Assistant in Lower Elementary. Mary will be expanding her time at school so that she can apply her Orton-Gillingham training to students in the Upper Unit. Mary is parent to a McGuffey student and two older children one at Talawanda High School and one former McGuffey student (who just graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio). Mary has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Dominican University.
Allison Huff, Assistant Teacher
Alli Huff graduated in 2018 from Miami University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, with a focus in teaching English Language Learners. She is currently working towards her M.Ed. in Transformative Education at Miami, and plans to graduate in May 2020. Alli’s passion for progressive schools led her to McGuffey in early 2018. She started working in our Extended Day program, and is now coordinating the Extended Day program as well as working in Lower Elementary and spends a bit of time in Primary as well.
Alli lives in Oxford and loves being adventurous and spending time outdoors. She enjoys traveling with her husband, barrel racing, and wakeboarding!
Amy Bartel, Art Teacher
Amy joined staff last year as our Art Teacher. This year Amy will also be leading our soft pilot of Spanish in Grades 1-8 in addition to working with us on furthering our plans for high school. Amy has a B.A. in Studio Art and Spanish from The College of Wooster, a Masters from Loyola University, and an AMI Montessori certificate. Originally from Ohio, Amy and her family moved to Oxford from upstate New York two years ago. Her son is a junior at Talawanda HS and her daughter is in Grade 8 at Talawanda Middle School.
Mark Radlinski, P.E. Teacher
After spending 21 years helping to build a local business, Mark came to us in 2014 excited to start a new chapter of his life at McGuffey Montessori. He has always found himself drawn to working with children and has served as a football, soccer, and basketball coach during his time in Oxford. Mark currently teaches Social Studies and History to students in the Upper Unit classroom, and Physical Education to all students at McGuffey.
Mark is married with one daughter who attends McGuffey. Mark enjoys reading comic books as well as riding and working on the family’s four scooters.
Elizabeth Taylor, Music Teacher
Before becoming a teacher, Elizabeth sang as an opera and oratorio singer in New York City and traveled around the U.S. and Europe while working. After having children, Elizabeth recognized a need for children’s music classes in Oxford and became a licensed Kindermusik teacher while starting her own Kindermusik business. She joined the Primary classroom part-time in 2011 to teach Kindermusik and recognized how crucial music can be in attending to the education and support of children in all areas, including academics and social learning. She began teaching full-time, obtained her Primary Montessori Certification from the North American Montessori Center, and now is a Lead Teacher in Primary and Music Teacher to grades 1-8. Elizabeth also directs the school’s annual whole-school musical. Elizabeth’s two sons attend McGuffey and she loves reading, coffee, and playing 1940’s standards on her ukulele.