Marty was one of Harmony's first teachers. He began teaching at Harmony in 1978 as a 5th and 6th grade language arts teacher. He made the transition to middle school ten years later, where he continued to focus on language arts and social studies. Marty coordinated Harmony's yearbook every year, and says, "publishing student work has been a fundamental part of my curriculum."
We've started reaching out to past Harmony teachers as part of our efforts to build a stronger alumni network. Because our teachers are really part of that network, too. So back in August we gathered a group of past teachers together on Zoom to reflect together on what they learned from their Harmony days and to share what they are doing now. It was the first in what we hope will be a series of conversations.
For the past five years Harmony's 5th/6th grade class has participated in the Jr. Master Naturalist program through Sycamore Land Trust, deepening their commitment to environmental education and getting students out into the field to learn directly from nature and our local community. This past school year, Sitav Elturan (Harmony parent and former student) talked with teacher Kathy Boone and students about their experiences [...]