Born in 1960, James and his brother Alex were the first students in the school founded by his parents Beverley and Jim McGhee, in 1963. James received his degree in Intercultural Studies from Trinity College (Hartford, CT). James earned Montessori teaching certificates for ages 3-6 from AMI (Perugia, Italy), and ages 6-9 and 9-12 from AMS (Dallas, TX.)
He has worked in almost every role at Alexander Montessori School, including Maintenance, Teacher Assistant, Preschool and Elementary Montessori Teacher, Business Manager, and he presently serves as Co-Head of School with his wife, Dr. Joyce McGhee. He has served on the Boards of NIPSA, FKC, ISSF, and joined the AISF Board in 2002, serving for many years as Secretary.