The Lake Room & The Ocean Room

The Lake Room

Tricia Falaschetti – Lead Guide

Andrea Gunn – Assistant

Tricia Falaschetti first learned about Montessori through a chance conversation with a stranger. The philosophy resonated with her deeply and she wanted to learn more. When she enrolled at Marylhurst University she learned about the teacher training program at Montessori Institute Northwest and knew this was the path she was meant to follow. Tricia graduated with a degree in Human Studies and received her AMI Primary diploma in 2007. She has been working as a lead guide since the completion of her Montessori teacher training and feels honored to share in the joyful discoveries of the children. She was delighted to join the team at Harmony in January of 2014 as the Lake room guide. Tricia enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and when that fails, exploring the Portland restaurant world. She is an eager novice in the yard and garden and loves playing in the dirt with her son, Roman. When the weekends allow, she loves a good Northwest adventure with her favorite boys, Roman and her husband, Matt.

“It is such an honor to be a part of this vibrant community and witness the discoveries of the children and their joyful journey towards independence.”     -Tricia

Andrea Gunn joined the Harmony community in June of 2019 after an “awe-inspiring” tour with Alicia as a parent. She has been working in the Portland Montessori community since taking her Primary (3-6) training at Montessori Northwest in 2006. After working in a Primary classroom as a lead guide for four years she joined the staff at Montessori Northwest as Admissions Director and Administrative Assistant. During this time, Andrea also earned her Assistants to Infancy Diploma (Birth to three) as well as her M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University Maryland. Outside of Harmony Andrea and her husband, Ben, enjoy the happily hectic life with a toddler, Odin, and their infant, Bronwyn. She enjoys visiting the forests around Portland, gardening with her family as well as sneakily knitting when the household sleeps.

The Ocean Room

Keinya Kolhbecker – Lead Guide

Aimee Martinez Gaona – Assistant

Keinya Kohlbecker began at Harmony as a co-teacher in 2013. In 2016, she took over the Ocean Room as Lead Guide. 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 son Noah and her cat Bundle.

“Every child has the potential to become confident, compassionate and peaceful individuals at Harmony. It feels good to continue my Montessori journey with this wonderful school.”     -Keinya

Haley Bennett joined the Ocean Room in March of 2021. She graduated from Portland State University with a bachelors degree in social science and a minor in Spanish. Her college highlights include a bilingual education capstone, and studying abroad in both Costa Rica and Spain. Haley previously worked with children and families at a counseling center where she taught coping skills, parenting classes, and worked closely with DHS. She loves young children and is thrilled to be working in a primary Montessori classroom. As a PNW native Haley loves hiking, camping, kayaking, and snowboarding. On a rainy day she can be found cuddling her two kitties or meditating somewhere cozy.