Susie Lute, Co-Lead Teacher
Susie began doing Molecular Biology research in college, and continued to work as a researcher for the next ten years. After a few years of teaching English composition and doing graduate work in English literature, she returned to Molecular Genetics in 2003. Susie attended a Montessori preschool as a child. While researching Montessori methodology again as an adult, with her own children in mind, Susie realized that Montessori teaching would allow her to combine her love for language, science, mathematics and teaching children. In 2006 Susie and Wendy Duvall founded McGuffey’s Preschool Playground program, and launched the Primary program together in 2011. Susie joined the Upper Unit Team in 2014 with a focus on mathematics, science, practical life and physical education.
Susie has two children who attend McGuffey, and loves reading, hiking, and wildlife-watching in the natural areas around Oxford.
Mark Radlinski, Co-Lead Teacher & 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.
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.
Kadriye Walsh, Middle 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.
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, Jens, is a junior at Talawanda HS and her daughter Lydia is in Grade 8 at Talawanda Middle School.
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.