Allen Lowe, Head of School
Allen Lowe begins his 28th as an educator at Deerfield-Windsor School and is currently serving as Head of School. Earning his BSED in Math from The University of Georgia, he also earned his Masters in Teaching and Learning Leadership from Liberty University. A highly successful Head Football and Track Coach, his career boasts of 35 years of teaching, and classroom experience. Previously, he taught and coached at Riverview Academy, Flint River Academy, and Calvary Baptist Day School. Married to Piper (Rose), they are proud parents to Deerfield-Windsor alums Tanner (‘12), Tyler (‘16) and daughter Landon (‘19). He is a member of Sherwood Baptist Church, and he enjoys reading Christian fiction, watching college football and relaxing in the backyard.
Janet Guillebeau, Upper School Director
Janet assumed the role as Upper School Director in 2017, but she was well-known in our school community for her extensive teaching career in mathematics. She is a recognized leader in Advanced Placement Math courses, and she and her faculty collectively boast a 84% AP pass rate for AP courses. Before assuming her role as Upper School Director, she served as Academic Dean where she was instrumental in curriculum alignment, scheduling and student life activities. Totally committed to a student centered academic approach, she and her faculty focus on the importance of academic achievement and instilling the concepts of time management, personal and social responsibility, emotional growth, and ultimately, future success for college life. She obtained her BBA and a Masters of Education from The University of Georgia. Married to financial planner, David Guillebeau, (Deerfield alum ‘79), they have two grown daughters, Laura Leigh (Guillebeau) Stoudenmire alum ‘06 and Beverly (Guillebeau) Inman alum ‘11 both of whom are married to DWS alumni (Charlie Stoudenmire ‘05 and John Inman ‘06). She and her husband are also the proud grandparents to “future DWS alum”, Caroline Avery Stoudenmire. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Adrienne Hill, Director of Finance and Operations
Adrienne Hill joined Deerfield-Windsor as Director of Finance and Operations in 2017 having previously served as the school’s Director of Technology for eight years. Adrienne obtained a BBA from the University of Georgia as well as her MBA from Georgia State University. A devoted champion of constant improvement, she works to bring new systems and advancements to Deerfield-Windsor School. Beginning her career as an insurance underwriter, she was also a software implementation consultant. She has successfully managed three family owned businesses since 2010. In her spare time, Adrienne enjoys travel, baking and reading. Married to entrepreneur, David Hill, they have one son, Porter '20.
Marie Knight, Lower School Director
Marie begins her 39th year as an educator with 28 years at Deerfield-Windsor School. A lifelong resident of Albany, she earned her BS Education degree from University of Georgia and her MS Education degree from Georgia Southwestern University both specializing in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Marie has been instrumental in implementing curriculum improvements with Guided Reading, Math Exploration and Orton-Gilllingham multisensory phonics program. She continues to investigate curriculum improvements but knows that many times “back to basics” is best. Marie’s philosophy of education is grounded in teaching the whole child academically, emotionally, and socially not only through the curriculum but through the arts. Married to local business owner John Knight, they have three Knight Alumni children- Frances (‘01), Davis (‘03) and Benson (‘06). In Marie’s spare time, she enjoys making heirloom clothes with smocking, hand sewing and applique for their three grandchildren.
Lauren Ray, Director of Advancement
Lauren Ray assumed the role of Director of Advancement in 2017 after serving seven years in healthcare philanthropy as Executive Director of Phoebe Foundation. Previously a Major Gifts Officer and an Events Specialists at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, she has 19 years of experience in philanthropic marketing, public relations and fund development. Earning BA Degrees in Journalism and English from The University of Georgia, she is a member of the 2007 Leadership Georgia Class, 2008 Leadership Albany Class and the Charity League of Albany where she volunteers for the Phoebe Oncology Center. She currently serves as a board member for Strive to Thrive, a local poverty initiative to help families navigate out of poverty, as well as the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee which helps showcase and edify great work of local public and independent schools. She cherishes time spent with family and friends and thoroughly enjoys community collaboration, working with children and youth, small group studies at her church, a “great party”, all things sports and UGA. Married to Todd Ray, they are proud parents of current Knights, son, Thomas, ‘23 and daughter, Murphy, ‘24.
Jennifer Ricks, Director of Admissions
Jennifer Ricks is no stranger to Deerfield-Windsor School and a welcomed professional addition as Director of Admissions. A 1987 alum of DWS, she began her duties as Director of Admissions in 2016. She’s also served our school in various capacities as the Lower School office assistant as well as the Assistant to the Head of School. Jennifer earned her B.S. in Management from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 1998. Putting her business and law degree into practice, she served in the SunTrust Trust Department from 1992-1995 and then in the Trust Department for Regions Bank from 1998-2004. Married to Scott Ricks, she is the proud mother of three children, Maggie (DWS alum 2017 currently attending Auburn University), Frances (DWS alum 2019 currently attending University of Georgia), and son, Tyler (current junior at DWS). In her spare time, she enjoys travel, reading, college football and spending time at the beach.