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Gertie Coffey came to the United States from Tipperary, Ireland in the 1970's. She has always been passionate about the education of young ones. Gertie has spent a lifetime learning about parenting, and child development. After raising her four children, Gertie became a Montessori teacher through years of study. She is certified as a Montessori teacher by the American Montessori Society and holds her Director's License through the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. She has been a Montessori teacher for twenty years. 

Gertie brings her natural talents of caregiving, respectful authority, and patience to our program. 


Bridget Coffey is Gertie's daughter. She grew up in the United States, while also embracing her Irish heritage. Growing up she was passionate about traditional Irish dance and danced competitively at the national level. Her first experience as a teacher was as an Irish dance instructor. Inspired by her mother, Bridget completed her Montessori training with the American Montessori Society and holds her Director's License through the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. 

Bridget is passionate about traditional Montessori principles, and has a knack for understanding children, and engaging them meaningfully -- at their developmentally appropriate levels. 


Bridget and Gertie invite you to contact them for a tour if you would like to meet them personally. You can enjoy some of Gertie's legendary home-made scones and Irish tea as you learn more about the program, experience the tranquility of the space, and observe happy children peacefully learning. 

Contact Us:  @ chestnut.tree.montessori@gmail.com OR call us @ (720) 939-3794

What Our Parents Say:

Our son began his school years in the care of Bridget. The experience was everything we could have ever hoped for. I will always remember the warm feeling I felt as I watched her murmur encouragement into his tiny two-year-old ear on that first day of school. As the days and weeks turned into months, it remained apparent that she was the perfect person for the job.

His time with Gertie proved to be just as successful. Her gentle guidance led him to discover new joys in the classroom as a four-year-old. Those early years of school absolutely shored up his natural, innate love of learning, preparing him to move onto the years ahead when he will need to have that deep well to draw from.
— Nicole L.