PRIMARY STAFF

Andrea Taulbee, Co-Lead Teacher
Andrea came to McGuffey full-time in 2015 after spending a year subbing in the Primary classroom and the rest of Primary’s staff has grown to appreciate her superpowers in working with young children with patience, love, and firmness. Andrea’s background includes cosmetology and restaurant management, and her organizational skills and initiative were a huge part in making Trivia Night 2015 such a success. Andrea is now co-lead teacher with Elizabeth and has her Primary Montessori Certificate from the North American Montessori Center.

Andrea’s daughter has gone to McGuffey since preschool. Her husband Bryan co-owns The Broadway Barrel House restaurant in Lebanon. Andrea loves spending time with her extended family, as well as gardening and reading. She is also an amateur genealogist and has discovered over 1,500 ancestors in her family tree!

Elizabeth Taylor, Co-Lead Teacher & Kindermusik
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

Melissa Martz, Classroom Assistant
Melissa has worked with children of all ages in a variety of contexts. Melissa’s passion for Montessori developed when her own children went to Dater Montessori Elementary in Cincinnati where she was a substitute teacher. Melissa lives is Liberty Twp. with her husband, daughter and son Jack. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Xavier University.

Hayley Tucker, Classroom Assistant
Hayley is the Primary Afternoon Assistant and teaches Kindermusik to PK1, PK2 and Kindergarten. Hayley has a B.A. from Miami University in Music Education with a minor in Creative Writing. She is also Kindermusik certified, has been teaching local Kindermusik classes and she teaches voice lessons. In addition to volunteering in work with children, Hayley has been working at Mini U for two years.

DeAndre Williams, Classroom Assistant
DeAndre “Dean” Williams moved to Oxford from Prince George’s County, Maryland at the end of 2019 to join the staff of McGuffey Montessori as a classroom assistant, substitute teacher, and Ex-Day helper. While in school, Dean spent two years as Lead Tutor for Going To Another Level After school tutoring and athletic program. Although Dean recently made Ohio his home, his relationship with the Cincinnati area dates back to 2017, where he served his first of three consecutive summers in the Breakthrough Collaborative program as a Teaching Fellow, expanding his role in his third year to Administrator of the Upper Grades. Outside of leading in the classroom, Dean can be found playing or coaching basketball, reading, writing music, and reciting poetry.

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