Chrissy Rupp, MS Owner, Director of Business Development
Chrissy has an educational background in child developmental and visual art, as well as a Master's Degree in Family Support and Parenting Education from Wheelock College. She spent five years building a Child Life program in a community hospital setting, passionately providing education and support to children and families during difficult medical experiences. Following the birth of her own daughter, Laurellai, she became wholly invested in supporting families at the community level. Her second daughter, Isla, joined her family and her two girls have taught her so much about the journey of parenting. Through Harmony she is bringing the principles of creative play and natural learning to life.
Amy Pertl-Clark, MA Owner, Director of Operations
Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and 14 years of experience teaching in a public school setting. She has a supplemental certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and has worked with refugee children from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Sudan as well as second language learners from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The past eleven years have been filled with inspiration, joy and learning as she playfully raises her daughter Emerson. Amy has a passion for literacy and children’s books and shares her adventures on her blog, Emmy’s Book of the Day. She has found a home at Harmony supporting parents as they engage children in learning that is respectful of their individual development, as well as providing meaningful interactions that allow curiosity and creativity to flourish.
Katie Ring, BSBA, NC Parent/Child Class Facilitator
Katie grew up in Northern California, but a long cross country road trip in 2015 landed Katie in Beverly and she has never felt more at home. She studied Hospitality Management and Italian while attending The University of Denver. Guided by her love of human connection and her strong Italian roots, Katie became a Natural Chef, tying her passion for food with healing. Most recently, she is called to Plant Spirit Medicine and Eastern Herbalism. Katie is happiest when she's walking through the woods, cooking with her loved ones, singing (especially to plants!), dancing, writing and practicing yoga. Outside Harmony, Katie continues to share her passion through her work as a chef, writer and plant medicine intuitive. Katie is very excited to spend more time with little ones, as she is always in awe of their great wisdom and how much they make her laugh!
Hana Philcrantz, BA Parent/Child Class Facilitator
Hana studied Fine Arts at Endicott College and has kept her creativity alive through a love for painting and photography. She has enjoyed many years as a private nanny for local families in the community. Hana grew up on Plum Island as the oldest of four children, enjoying a free-range childhood in the salty air and sand. Her most important role presently is as a proud auntie of four nieces and nephews. She is thrilled to bring creative, artistic exploration to children and families as part of the Harmony team.
Taylor Guisti, BA Transitional Preschool Teacher
Taylor has a deep passion for working with young children, which she first discovered through an internship and child development courses in junior and senior year of high school. Her experience includes student teaching in both preschool and elementary schools, an internship with early intervention and nannying. Taylor is also an assistant teacher in the after school program at Newbury Elementary School. She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child, Family, and Community Studies with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education and as part of the International Honor Society of Education: Kappa Delta Pi. She will be pursuing her Master's shortly. Taylor enjoys spending time with her nephew Dalton and volunteering at local soup kitchens
Kate Moyer Transitional Preschool Assistant
Kate worked in the corporate world before the birth of daughter, Scout, six years ago. One of her goals is to decrease the presence of media and technology in her home in order to find more peace. Her days are now filled with craft projects, healthy cooking and long runs. She is so excited to spend time with little ones who see the world from a whole different view.
Martha Burke, BA Lead Preschool Teacher
Martha's educational background includes journalism and science. She has written for The Boston Globe and other regional publications. Some of her favorite professional experiences include working in an outdoor education program for inner-city children in Boston, managing a non-profit organization and owning a local bakery. This spring, she'll begin work on a Master's in Education. Her most fulfilling role has been raising and homeschooling her two boys, Dashiell and Sage, which led her to Harmony. She is incredibly passionate about play-based learning and connecting children with nature.
Cindi Cottone, BS Preschool Teacher
Cindi graduated from Lesley University with a degree in child care leadership. She worked in a variety of child care and preschool settings in the local community before taking several years off to raise her two boys, Matt and Ryan, who are now teenagers. Cindi lives in Newburyport where she enjoys walking along the waterfront downtown. Cindi absolutely loves dogs and volunteers her time at local rescues. She has fostered more than a dozen dogs, two of which she has now adopted.