Owner & Director of Business Development
Owner & Director of
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.
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.
Hana Philcrantz, BA Transitional Preschool Teacher
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. On her near-term to-do list: getting 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.