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












Sidewalks End Montessori Preschool Colorado Springs

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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 who attend Academy District 20 schools. 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-owner of Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  Ms. Grace serves as the Administrator of Sidewalk’s End, substitute teacher, and after school 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 Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale and is currently serving as a Trustee on the Fountain Valley School Board.  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 children, ages 14 – 23 (high school through graduate school). 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. Amber Richardson-Talbott

Ms. Amber is in her second year as a Teacher at Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  She started her path to education in 2003.  She studied with Punum Bhatia at Montessori Centre International in Denver.  After a couple of years as a Montessori teacher, she attained her associates and bachelor’s degrees in elementary education.  She attended Pikes Peak Community College and CSU-Pueblo.  She is in the final stages of attaining her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education through Regis University. 

Ms. Amber has worked at private schools, been a para educator in a public Montessori program, run her own classroom as a certified teacher in the public schools, and run her own private toddler Montessori program.  Ms. Amber joined the Sidewalk’s End staff in the fall of 2012 and is very excited to work at Sidewalk’s End.  Ms. Amber loves Sidewalk’s End for many reasons including the fact that Ms. Grace and Ms. Lynne are owners and operators which makes a huge difference in the management of the school.  Ms. Amber feels like she can work on her own goals as well as be encouraged by her peers to better herself.  She is very pleased to be able to learn from your little lights of the world!

Ms. Amber is from Farmington, New Mexico.  Her father was in education and her mother is a professional seamstress.  She has one sister who owns her own business here in Colorado Springs.  In 2010 she married Darrin and they had their daughter Amelia in 2011.   In her spare time she loves to play with her daughter, cook, garden, and have play dates with her friends and their children.  Her husband builds gear for the military, police or any other buyer with a specific need. 

Ms. Tabatha Pethel

Ms. Tabatha is one of the teachers at Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  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, a son age 9 and a daughter age 5.  Her daughter is in the Kindergarten class at Sidewalk’s End Montessori School this year.  Ms. Tabatha relocated to Colorado Springs this past summer.  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 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 Assistant at Sidewalk’s End Montessori School.  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 been 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.  She is preparing for her state teaching licensure and working on a Master’s degree in Education.



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