“Children bring the gift of love to humanity, and through our work with them we serve the higher aspirations of civilization.”
- Maria Montessori

Sidewalks End Montessori Preschool Colorado Springs


Ms. Lynne Casebeer

Ms. Lynne is one of the founders and co-owners of Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  Ms. Lynne serves as the Director of Sidewalk’s End Montessori School, as well as the head teacher.  Ms. Lynne is a Colorado-licensed teacher with endorsements in elementary and early childhood education.  Ms. Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Colorado College and a Montessori Early Childhood credential from the American Montessori Society. 

After working as a teacher and in Marketing and Human Resources, Ms. Lynne stayed home with her children.  When her son started a Montessori preschool at 3 ½ she became a proponent for Montessori education and worked as part of a grassroots group of parents and teachers in District 11 who proposed and implemented the first public Montessori program in El Paso County.   She decided to attain her Montessori credentials when her son was starting second grade.

She has also served on District Accountability Committees in School District 11 and 20. In addition to her volunteer work with the schools, Ms. Lynne served as the President of the Board of Directors for “Food for Thought Gatherings”, a nonprofit organization that worked to bring people with differing ideologies together to increase civil discourse.  She has also volunteered with Girl Scouts and her children’s summer league swim team.

Ms. Lynne was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.  She is married and has two teen age children with a passion for music. She enjoys walking her dog and reading good books in her spare time.

Ms. Grace Blea-Nunez
Ms. Grace is one of the founders and co-owners of Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  Ms. Grace serves as the Administrator of Sidewalk’s End and substitute teacher.

Ms. Grace holds a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a JD Degree from Stanford University Law School.  Ms. Grace specialized in intellectual property and general business law.  She practiced law for 11 years in Palo Alto & Alameda, California and Boston, Massachusetts.  In Palo Alto, she worked with numerous start-up companies assisting them in the formation and financing stages.  Following her law career, she was a stay at home mother and volunteer.  Ms. Grace has volunteered in all of her children’s schools (and many sports teams) as well served as an active member of numerous community groups including but not limited to National Charity League, El Pomar Hispanic Advisory Council, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and Girl Scouts.  Ms. Grace served on the Board of Directors of the Fountain Valley School and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale. In 2010, she and Ms. Lynne founded Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.

Ms. Grace strongly believes in the benefit of a Montessori education and has experienced Montessori schools with her children in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Colorado.  She served on the initial board of directors of the first public Montessori elementary school in Oregon and was involved in multiple capacities with the first public Montessori elementary school in El Paso County, including member of hiring committees, Building Accountability & Advisory Committee secretary, classroom assistant, and Volunteer Coordinator.

Ms. Grace is a Colorado native, born and raised in Pueblo.  She is married and has 4 grown children who she loves to visit on both coasts and abroad. A true believer in the value of a good education, through her own educational experience and that of her children, Ms. Grace is thrilled to share the Montessori method of learning (through the amazing teachers at Sidewalk’s End) with Colorado Springs families.

Ms. Tabatha Pethel

Ms. Tabatha is one of the teachers at Sidewalk’s End Montessori School and has been with the school since June 2014.  Ms. Tabatha graduated cum laude from Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, West Virginia.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  In 2001, Ms. Tabatha began her Montessori Early Childhood training at the North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.  She did her Montessori internship at Heron Pond Montessori School in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  Since completing her training in 2002, Ms. Tabatha has worked at 2 other Montessori schools in Louisville, Colorado and Smyrna, Georgia.  Ms. Tabatha loves being a Montessori teacher and loves being part of the Sidewalk’s End family.

Ms. Tabatha was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  She attended a Montessori preschool for 2 years when she still lived in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Tabatha is married and has 2 children in elementary and middle school.  Her daughter attended Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  Ms. Tabatha relocated to Colorado Springs in 2013.  Her husband is a pastor of a small church in the area.  Ms. Tabatha is active in her church, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts.  She loves to travel and has been to New Zealand and most of Europe.  Ms. Tabatha and her family love to explore the United States.

Ms. Gloria Eggert

Ms. Gloria Eggert is a native of Colorado and is bilingual in Spanish.  She has been a teacher at Sidewalk's End since the spring of 2013. She is married and has three children and 6 grandchildren.  Gloria is a retired public educator with thirty years of experience.  She taught in Manitou Springs for 21 years as a Reading Specialist.  Gloria received the Teacher of the Year Award while teaching First Grade.  She is passionate and thrilled to be teaching Montessori preschool and considers her work with our children “the frosting on the cake” after many years of being a public educator.  Yes, she can keep up with your kiddos as she serves them with a jovial and honoring sense of servitude.

Ms. Gloria has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kindergarten through Sixth grade Education and a minor in Reading from the University of Southern Colorado.  She has a Masters in Computers in Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Ms. Gloria’s preschool Montessori degree is from the North American Montessori Center in Vancouver, Canada and her practicum was in Bozeman, Montana at the Age of Montessori School.  Ms. Gloria also taught Spanish at La Veta High School, was a Reading Interventionist in the Widefield School District and continues to love teaching children to read.

Ms. Gloria loves hiking, cooking, gardening, reading, playing Scrabble and being with children of all ages.

Ms. Susie Hunter
Ms. Susie is a Teacher at Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  She has been at the school since the fall of 2013. Ms. Susie received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Colorado State University.  She spent 2 months in the Fayum Oasis in Egypt excavating a Greco-Roman city.  She then decided to stay in Cairo, Egypt to pursue another passion, teaching.  While in Egypt, she taught Pre-K through second grade in both American and British schools in Cairo, and assisted in grades 4 and 5.  Following that, she moved back to the states to begin her studies in Education.

Ms. Susie has a Montessori certificate (ages 3-6) from the International Montessori League, was the lead teacher of Toddler classroom in Aurora, Colorado, and an assistant in an Infant classroom of a Montessori school in Littleton, Colorado.  In Littleton, she was first exposed to Montessori education and fell in love with the methods and theories and found that they very much matched her own style of teaching.  Following her marriage, Ms. Susie moved back to her hometown of Colorado Springs, and considers herself extremely lucky to be able to continue her Montessori career at Sidewalk’s End Montessori.

Ms. Susie was born and raised right here in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She married into a wonderful family with a total of six (6) children, three of whom she is raising here in Colorado Springs when she is not teaching. 

Ms. Paulette Haydu
Ms. Paulette is a teacher and Substitute Director at Sidewalk's End Montessori School. Ms. Paulette joined the staff at Sidewalk’s End in June of 2015 after substituting for the school. She has 25 years experience working with young children in the Montessori Classroom. Her Montessori training was attained at the Montessori World Educational Institute located in San Luis Obispo, California. She received her internship at Clarence Ruth Montessori Public School in Lompoc, California where she worked with children under the Title 1 Reading program. She even worked in a bilingual (Spanish) classroom. She earned post graduate extension credits through the University of California at Santa Barbara.

She and her husband moved to Colorado in the summer of 1996 courtesy of the United States Air Force. Her love of children and the Montessori Methods led her to search for employment in private Montessori preschools in Colorado Springs. She continued her teaching education to become Director qualified in the state of Colorado. She earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Pikes Peak Community College.

Before pursuing a career, she was a stay-at-home mom at Minot AFB, North Dakota. She frequently volunteered in her daughters' preschool and elementary school. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, also. This proved to be the beginning of her teaching career.

Ms. Paulette was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her husband have three daughters and six grandchildren residing out-of-state. She enjoys traveling very much to visit her grandchildren and granddogs. Her hobbies are word puzzles, baking and card making.

Ms. Hannah Pennington
Ms. Hannah joined the Sidewalk’s End family in the summer of 2016. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor & Community Recreation and a minor in Community Health. In 2014, she could no longer deny the call of the mountains and she packed up her things and moved to Colorado. She found a job as an assistant in a Montessori school and fell in love with the philosophy. The inclusion of the whole-child, peace education, and gentle nature of the Montessori approach are what initially attracted her. She has a Montessori certification from the North American Montessori Center for Preschool/Kindergarten ages.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, reading, working in her craft space and spending time with her family.

Ms. Hana Speakmanova
Miss Hana is a teacher at Sidewalk’s End where she did her internship during the 2016-17 school year. She is very excited to be a part of the school. Hana holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in Psychology from Excelsior College. She was first introduced to the Montessori method in the Middle East sixteen years ago while working in local preschools. She fell in love with the philosophy and began to read and study more about the method. In 2015, she pursued her dream to become a Montessori educator and enrolled in Montessori Casa International training course in Denver to study under Dr. Punum Bhatia. She is eager to learn from the teachers at Sidewalk’s End. She now holds a Montessori Certificate.

Miss Hana spent five years in the Middle East volunteering as a preschool teacher and a facilitator in local communities. She and her husband relocated to the United States in 2005. In her spare time, she continued to work with young children while homeschooling her son. She also worked as an assistant and a lead teacher at another preschool in Colorado Springs for three years.

Hana grew up in the Czech Republic in a small town close to German border where she met her husband. She loves the outdoors, cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

  Sidewalk's End Montessori School
3215 Woodland Hills Drive Colorado Springs