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Chrissy Rupp
Owner & Director of Business Development

Following the birth of her first child, Chrissy felt societal pressure to incessantly “teach” her infant, though thanks to her educational background in parenting support and the benefits of natural, play-based learning, she knew there was a better way. She dreamed of alleviating this stress for the larger community, and founded Harmony in 2010. Nearly ten years later, Harmony is a thriving resource and peaceful oasis for new moms and families with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergarteners. Before Harmony, Chrissy spent five years building a community hospital’s Child Life program—passionately educating and supporting children and families through difficult medical experiences. Today, she and her husband, Doug, are parents to five wonderful children—their two biological daughters and three sisters adopted from foster care. Raising a large family with a complex array of backgrounds, she constantly learns more about the endless parenting journey. Chrissy studied child development and visual art before earning her MS in Family Support and Parenting Education at Wheelock College.

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Amy Pertl-Clark
Owner & Director of Operations

In every way, Harmony is the early childhood resource Amy wishes existed when her daughter was born. Hired as Harmony’s very first teacher, Amy quickly became integral to its foundation, and rose to join Chrissy as Co-Owner—a role that continually reignites her inherent passion for early childhood education and parenting. Each day, she is delighted to creatively introduce ever-changing, natural- and play-based learning experiences to greater Newburyport families. Prior to Harmony, Amy spent 14 years teaching in public schools, and upon welcoming daughter Emerson with her husband in 2007, embarked on the most inspiring, instructive, joyful journey of her life. Amy earned an MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Southern Missisippi and a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Akron. She shares her love for children’s books while advocating literacy on her blog Emmy’s Book of the Day.

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