Kim Greer joined the Harmony family in the spring of 2010 as the incoming Head of School. She first discovered Montessori in 1985 while working as a summer assistant for a Montessori School in her home town of Yakima Wa. She went on to pursue a business degree from the University of Washington only to discover that her passion lay in teaching, specifically the Montessori Method of teaching. Kim received her AMS Primary Diploma from the Montessori Teachers Institute of Tidewater in 1992 and began teaching in her first classroom that fall. Kim has 14 years of classroom experience; four of which were served as a Teaching Administrator. In 2006, she took a 4 year hiatus to care for and nurture her daughter Martinique. Kim brings a deep commitment that all children deserve honor and respect and that only through education that focuses on the whole child, body, mind and spirit will we begin to see a world-wide shift towards peace. Her other interests include reading, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her husband Dave, her daughter Martinique and her large extended family.
“Harmony Montessori is an amazing community, which honors and respects everyone whether you are a child or an adult. Once you become a part of this wonderful community you will remain a Harmony family forever!” – Kim
Heaven Hartford joined Harmony in 2003. Prior to assisting Kim in the office she was an assistant in the River Room. Heaven completed her undergraduate degree in English & Writing in June of 2012 from Portland State University. In 2015, Heaven received her Master’s Degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Pacific University. Heaven enjoys gardening and crafts with her two children, Ophelia and Arlo, who are both Harmony alumni.
Alicia Ginardi began as a guide in the Waterfall room in 2009 and became our Enrollment Coordinator in 2014 after the birth of her son, Jackson. She loves being in an environment that is nurturing and where children can make their own discoveries and pursue their individual interests each day. Alicia has over 15 years experience working in a Montessori school in various capacities including five years as Head of School at Children’s House of Durango Montessori in Durango, Colorado. Alicia studied Biology with an emphasis on pre-medicine at Fort Lewis College in Durango Co. She completed her A.M.S. Montessori Teacher’s training in 2008. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, Craig, their son Jackson and dog, Ava. Her interests include hiking, biking, reading, cooking and sewing. Alicia has also worked on creating floats for the Pasadena Rose Parade and the Portland Grand Floral Parade for over 20 years.
“I love being a part of this community of families, teachers and staff all dedicated to creating an environment for children that instills a life-long love of learning.” – Alicia
April Purvis joined Harmony in the Spring of 2016 as a substitute teacher in the Waterfall Room, and quickly resonated with the team, vision, and philosophy that was present there. She has since taken on substitute responsibilities for most positions and helps out with administrative work in the office and around the school. April loves being able to see and assist in multiple environments around Harmony, and truly has a heart for educating children on a holistic level. Formerly, April studied at the University of Idaho, where she received a B.A. in early childhood development. She then moved to Santa Barbara, where she taught at a preschool and enjoy lots of sunshine, before moving back north to Portland. April has two children, Emma and Wade, and they both currently attend Harmony. In her spare time, April loves to read, be silly with her kids and husband, spend time outdoors, train in Taekwondo, and eat chocolate.
J.J Appleton became part of the Harmony staff in 2017, when she was brought on as Food Service Coordinator. She has 16 years of cooking experience working at Portland restaurants, and she started the in house lunch program at Harmony in 2018 in order to be able to provide meals and snacks that appeal to both the appetites of the children and the standards of the parents. J.J. is very passionate about the food she provides to our students. Her ultimate goal for is to make and serve a variety of healthy and tasty meals & snacks so that both the children and their families feel happy, satisfied and safe knowing that their dietary needs are being not only met, but fulfilled with care and knowledge. In her spare time J.J. enjoys reading, music, cooking & baking, photography, sewing & crafting, and spending time with family, including her daughter Murphy who has been a Waterfall room student since 2016.