Beverley A. McGhee, BS, MS Ed.
Mrs. McGhee founded Alexander Montessori School in 1963, along with her husband, Jim McGhee, Sr. She was honored in 1999 as a "Living Legacy," a singular national honor of the American Montessori Society. It is bestowed by the AMS Scholarship Committee on an individual whose exemplary achievements have had significant impact within the AMS community. She has taught at preschool, elementary, secondary, and college levels. She is the Founder and the Co-Director of the Montessori Teacher Training Institute (MTTI), whose graduates earn the respected AMS Early Childhood Education Certificate. She was consultant to Miami-Dade County Public Schools for the Montessori Magnet Schools Program. She is Florida-certified in Gifted Education and holds Montessori credentials with the American Montessori Society in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
Her education includes music, foreign languages, and human relations. She serves as a consultant for the American Montessori Society (AMS), and has been the Chair of the AMS Teacher Education Council Policy Committee. Former offices have included the Secretary of the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), and the Problem Solving Committee of the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). Mrs. McGhee has been inducted into "Oxford's Who's Who" and in March of 1996, was given the Distinguished Educator Award by the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of education.
James R. McGhee II
Co-Head of School
Mr. McGhee has a BA, Intercultural Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT; Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Preschool Montessori Teacher's Certificate, Perugia, Italy. Mr. McGhee II has an AMS Montessori Certificate for Elementary Education for children ages 6 to 12. He taught at Alexander for three years in Preschool and two years in Lower School Elementary, and was the Summer Camp Director for ten years. He is an alumnus of Ransom Everglades School (Class of 1978).
Mr. McGhee II has been an Administrator since 1993. He has experience in sales, training, and consulting with the Mortensen Math Program. He is an American Montessori Society consultant, serves as Secretary on the Board of the National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA), serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF) and the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF), and has served on the Board of the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC).
Mr. McGhee II is also the creator of the Skip Count Kid Musical Math Tapes.
Dr. Joyce McGhee
Co-Head of School
Dr. McGhee has a BS, Urban Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT; MS Ed. (Primary and Elementary Education), Ph. D. (Educational Leadership), University of Miami, FL; Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Preschool Montessori Teacher's Certificate, Perugia, Italy; Montessori Elementary Teacher's Certificate for ages 6 to 12 from AMS, Dallas, TX; Florida State Teacher's Certificate in Primary and Elementary Education.
Dr. McGhee taught at Alexander for three years in Preschool and six years in Middle School Prep as a Mathematics Instructor. She has been a trainer and consultant with the Mortensen Math Program. She is also the Co-Director of the Montessori Teacher Training Institute (MTTI). She has been an Administrator since 1992. The McGhee's have two children, Andrew and Betty Alice, both of whom attended Alexander Montessori School and Ransom Everglades School.
Mr. Rothfield has a BA, Psychology and Drama, Tufts University, Somerville, MA. He is an alum of Alexander (Class of 1990) and manages the School and Camp Administrative Office.
Mr. Rothfield currently serves on the School Accreditation Commission for the American Montessori Society (AMS). He was awarded the Alan O'Such Memorial Outstanding Service Award by the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF) in 2012, as well as the Paul C. Ransom Founders Cup (Ransom Everglades Class of 1996). He has served as President and Vice President of the Florida Independent School Business Officers (FISBO). He both chairs and serves on Accreditation Teams for several organizations, including AMS, the Florida Council for Independent Schools (FCIS), and AISF. He was formerly a Registration Manager for Landmark Worldwide, a training and development organization.
Mr. Rothfield has two children, one of whom attends Alexander Montessori School, and the other, an Alexander alumna, attends Ransom Everglades School.
Ms. Becton has an MS, Elementary Education, BS, Psychology, University of Miami, and is an Alexander alumna (Class of 1972). Ms. Becton worked as a psychometrist in private practice for six years and joined our Staff in 1993. She also directs the Reading Lab. She served as President of the South Miami Junior Chamber of Commerce and is an alumna of Ransom Everglades School (Class of 1980).
Ms. Becton has two children, both of whom attended Alexander Montessori School.
Ms. Wolcott has a BS, Education, University of Miami, Miami, FL. She was the Preschool Camp Director for Alexander Camp for 14 years. She has worked with Beverley A. McGhee as an Instructor and Administrator for the Montessori Teacher Training Institute since 1997. Ms. Wolcott retired from Miami-Dade County Public Schools after having taught for over 20 years as a Montessori Teacher for ages 3 to 6. Upon her retirement in 2011, she joined Alexander Montessori School as a School Administrator.
Ms. Wolcott has two children and is the proud grandmother of two Alexander Montessori School students.