Amy Bartel, High School Coordinator, Spanish Teacher and 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.
Corrine Kidd, High School Science Teacher
Corrine completed her master’s degree in molecular biology and biotechnology before pivoting to a graduate program in science and technical communication at Miami University. She enjoys the interplay of science and communication, especially making science relevant to daily life. After graduating from Miami, she worked in a communications role at a DNA testing facility. She stepped down from full-time work when her first child was born. Since then, Corrine has been working as a writing specialist at Miami University, as well as a freelance writer and editor for the STEM publishing industry. Corrine is a firm believer in lifelong learning and recently completed a graduate certificate in instructional design at Miami. She is excited to combine all of these experiences as a science teacher at McGuffey.
Corrine lives in Oxford with her husband and two children who both attend McGuffey, Grades 3 and 5.
Joe Squance, High School English Teacher
Joe Squance has spent the last fourteen years teaching courses in the Department of English at Miami University, with a primary focus on Creative Writing. During those years, he has taught a wide variety of classes, including Composition and Rhetoric, Advanced Composition, Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to the Short Story, Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate Fiction Writing, and Advanced Fiction Workshop. His own stories have been published in Best Microfiction 2019, Atticus Review, Cease Cows, Everyday Fiction, Fiction Southeast, Gravel, Lost Balloon, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere, and he has written essays for Salon, Runner’s World, Organic Life, and Sinkhole. He has been nominated for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wigleaf Top 50 of 2019, and received an Award for Individual Excellence from the Ohio Arts Council. He earned a Master’s Degree in Fiction from Miami University in 2006.
Joe was a proud McGuffey parent for three years, along with his wife while their daughter attended McGuffey for Primary. Together, they enjoy swimming, taking walks around the neighborhood at sunset, and making plans for a better, more encouraging post-Covid future.
Angela Trubceac, High School Social Studies
Angela completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, social studies, and education before the collapse of the USSR, at Moldova State University. Later she completed a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Miami University. She enjoys the interplay of history and peace education, especially making history relevant to daily life. After graduating from Moldova State University, she worked in “Onisifor Ghibu” High School, Orhei, Republic of Moldova (Eastern Europe) as a social studies teacher (teaching history, civics, law, politology, philosophy, applied economics, history of culture, life skills) and as a vice-principal. In parallel, she worked for the US Peace Corps in Moldova, teaching Romanian and Russian for American volunteers for 17 years. In 2015 she was a finalist of the national contest “Teacher of the Year” in Moldova. As a Ph.D. student at Miami, Angela has been teaching Sociocultural Foundations of Education to both domestic and international undergrad students for 10 semesters in a row. Angela is a committed lifelong learner and is excited to combine all her experiences as a history and social studies teacher at McGuffey.Angela lives in Oxford with her husband Sergiu (a history teacher and a basketball coach) and her youngest son Darius. Angela is a proud parent of 2 sons—Andrei, 31 years old, a peacebuilder and Darius, 16 years old, an 11th-grade student at Talawanda High School. Angela likes crocheting, gardening, traveling, reading, and watching history documentaries.
Kadriye Walsh, High School Mathematics Teacher
Kadriye joined the McGuffey staff in 2017 and is the mathematics teacher for Grades 6-9. Kadriye has been teaching/creating Mathematics curricula for middle and high school levels and in addition to that she is teaching Math classes for education majors at Miami University’s Regional Campuses.
Kadriye received a degree in business when she lived in Turkey. After moving to the Oxford from Germany with her husband, she learned English and completed her B.S. in Mathematics and her MAT in Integrated Mathematics from Miami University. Kadriye has also worked for various public schools as Interpreter for testing for Turkish ESL students.
Kadriye and Mark live in Oxford and have three daughters.
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.