Meet our E2 Teachers at Seward!
Lea Davenport E2 Teacher
Lea Davenport

Hi all! My name is Lea and I am starting my sixth year of teaching here Seward. Shortly after starting as a long term sub, I knew that this was community where I wanted to teach. I attended Augsburg College for my undergrad in Education and UW River Falls for my Masters in Education. I am AMS certified to teach both E1 and E2. My son, Jack, and daughter, Charlie, both attend Roosevelt HS.

Lynda Ott: I am delighted to be back at Seward this year teaching 4th and 5th grades in our Montessori Program. This marks my 21st year teaching in Minneapolis, my 15th year at Seward. I hold a BA in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Social Studies from Augsburg College and an MEd from the U of M in Elementary Education. My additional post graduate work has been in Special Education at the U of M and Reading at Hamline College. My Montessori training was taken at the University of New Rochelle at the New York Center for

Lynda Ott E2 Teacher
Lynda Ott
Montessori Teacher Education. I love to take walks in my new neighborhood in Burnsville, and my husband and I love to bike. Of course, our favorite rides are still in Minneapolis. I also love to garden and share a vegetable garden with my son Daniel and his wife, Cassie. My other interests include yoga, working out, cooking, and meeting with my book club.

Lisa Herr: Antioch University-Seattle, BA in Health and Wellness, University of St Thomas, MA in Education and St. Catherine University, Montessori Training. My passions are learning, creating, and social justice. I love fiber arts like sewing and knitting. This summer I started sewing some clothing for myself. I also love to combine my passions and I “discovered” a social justice sewing group called Social Justice Sewing Academy. They do amazing work! This school year I intend on bringing social justice into the classroom. The kids will be instrumental in helping guide this learning.  We will have important

Lisa Herr E2 Teacher
Lisa Herr
conversations around the history of racism, their lived experiences, and how we can be anti-racist. I am excited about this journey!


Hello! I'm Peggy Solensten. I received my bachelor's degree in Educational Studies at the University of Oregon (go Ducks!). I also received my teaching license and a master's degree in Education from Pacific University, in Oregon. I received my Montessori certification from North American Montessori Center. I've been an E2 teacher at Seward since 2009. I love teaching 4th and 5th graders!  Their curiosity and enthusiasm spark wonderful conversations. I also enjoy being a Lego Robotics coach for our 4th-8th grade program. This is engaging, hands-on learning, and I highly recommend it for students! Finally, I've been lucky enough to be a board member and chaperone for the nonprofit organization Reach for the Stars. This program teaches children

Peggy Solensten E2 Teacher
Peggy Solensten
about space history, missions, simulators, and more. Each spring we take over thirty Minneapolis kids to Space Camp, in Huntsville, Alabama. This is an experience of a lifetime for 4th-8th graders! 


Hello, I’m Shannon Hebner, the teacher of room N207.  I completed both my B.S in Child Psychology/English and my M.ED at the wonderful University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) I have been teaching for 18 years and a Montessori teacher for the last 4. I am currently halfway through my Montessori training at the University of Wisconsin. I have enjoyed teaching a variety of grades and have experience in Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. But, of course, 4th and 5th are my favorite! I grew up and live in Minneapolis. My household is made up of my husband Jeff and our 2 kids, Tove (15) and Erikson (13). Both of our children attend Minneapolis Public Schools! We enjoy a variety of activities

Shannon Hebner E2 Teacher
Shannon Hebner
that get us outside like traveling, camping, biking, swimming, and all things winter. I am eager to start this new journey of distance learning with all of you. The children and I will work together to build their learning. I am excited to explore topics of equality and equity in our schools, cities and countries. We will talk about and study social justice along with diving into some geometry and math. We will learn and grow together. I can’t wait to start!  


Hello Everyone! I am Kelley, an E2 guide in my 13th year teaching at Seward. This is actually my tenth year in the Upper Elementary (E2), because the first three years were in Children’s House before I moved upstairs to work with my favorite age group—and am I ever thankful to continue working with them! I have a Master of Education from St. Catherine University, as well as being a fully credentialed and licensed

Kelley Dean E2 Teacher
Kelley Dean
Montessori teacher. 
           Three years ago we moved from St. Paul to Scandia, Mn, where we bought the sweetest little hobby farm.  It is here that I live with my husband, our 12 years old daughter, two house cats, two barn cats, two sheep, two dogs, three birds, and, I am so happy to say, our two horses: Tansy, and Sir Maximus, the Bold and the Brave! This is truly a dream come true after 43 years of persistence, and I am incredibly grateful to wake up, go sip my coffee out on the deck near the horses, and kiss their velvet noses good morning.
           In our Linden learning environment I embrace Dr. Montessori’s words: “Montessori is an aid to life.” The beauty of this education is while our children travel through their journeys of discovery, they also weave together literacy skills to advance themselves as readers, and expand their concepts and manipulations of numbers and shapes to develop as mathematicians.