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 McGuffey as an Assistant in Lower Elementary in 2018. Mary has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Dominican University and has advanced certification in Orton-Gillingham, a phonics based program developed for dyslexia. Mary is parent to three children. One is currently a McGuffey student and one attends Talawanda High School and one former McGuffey student who is attending college in upstate New York.
Emily Brosier, Lower Elementary Assistant + Art Teacher
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 graduated from 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.