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
Keinya Kohlbecker transitioned to the role of Administrative Assistant in the fall of 2021. She began at Harmony as a guide in the Ocean Room in 2013. Her Montessori journey began in 2001, when she witnessed the pure joy of children moving freely with coordination and patience while working as a classroom assistant in Reno, Nevada. From that moment, she became interested in learning more about the Montessori Method. In 2005, Keinya received her Primary Diploma from the Montessori Northwest and a Master’s in Education from Loyola University. Keinya also earned a BA in Dance, with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology from Denison University in Ohio. In addition to working with children on the Primary level, she spent several years working with Montessori adolescents, teaching Humanities, writing, and dance. Outside the Harmony community, Keinya enjoys taking dance classes, choreography, music, reading about historical events, the outdoors, and most of all spending time with her husband Matt, her teenage son, Noah, and her dog, Dean.
Alicia Ginardi started at Harmony in 2009 as a lead guide in the Waterfall room 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 of 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 a minor in Physics at Fort Lewis College in Durango Co. She completed her A.M.S. Montessori Primary (3-6) training in 2008. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, Craig, their son Jackson and dog, Ava. Her interests include woodworking, 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 trained in Orton-Gillingham a multi-sensory phonics technique and provides reading support for our primary classrooms as well as substitute responsibilities, 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.