Linda Lewis started the Early Childhood Program at Harmony and has remained a teacher there since its inception in 1993. Born and raised in Brown County Indiana, Linda currently lives just a couple blocks from Harmony with her husband and two children. Linda values play-based learning all the way through Kindergarten and advocates for preserving early childhood as a time for joy and discovery. (email@example.com)
Mandy Samulak has been working with infants and preschoolers at Harmony School since 2012 and is so happy to be a member of its community. She got her BA in English at IU and lives in Brown County. Mandy loves camping with her family, singing with friends, mediocre crafting, and watching the bird feeder.
Adam Lehman, K-2nd grade teacher, was born and raised in Indiana and has made Bloomington his home since 1999. Upon his completion of an education master’s program at Indiana University, he was very grateful and excited to become a part of Harmony School. He sincerely appreciates the strong community and unique learning opportunities that Harmony provides. In his spare time he enjoys reading, listening to music, making things, daydreaming and spending time with his wife Hannah and two sons Henry and Teddy. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elaine Bonadies, K-2nd grade teacher
Lana Beck-Cruce, 3rd & 4th grade teacher, holds Harmony School very near and dear to her heart. Not only is she a teacher here but also a parent and an alum. In fact, the locker she painted in 8th grade is still preserved in the upstairs hallway! She started her full-time teaching career at Harmony in 2010 after receiving her master’s degree in elementary education. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, friends, and dogs. She loves to read, bake, work on projects, and spend time outdoors swimming, hiking, bike riding, picnicking, camping, and more. (email@example.com)
Todd Riggins, 3rd & 4th grade teacher, has been teaching elementary students since 2008 and has been at Harmony since 2017. He was born and raised in Bloomington and loves getting out in the beautiful nature of Southern Indiana. He and his wife, Heather, have three children at Harmony; Evelyn, Sam, and Oliver. His family enjoys reading, swimming, hiking, camping, and canoeing. He loves music and enjoys sharing his love of knowledge with his students. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zevon Adkisson, 5th & 6th grade teacher, is from Rockport, Indiana where he lived until moving to Bloomington in 2008 to attend Indiana University for Mathematics and Mathematics Education. Zevon grew up playing baseball, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with friends and family. He was a 21st Century Scholar allowing him the opportunity to attend IU and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Math Education. While in college, Zevon observed and student taught in the Middle School for a few years before graduating. After graduating from IU, he taught as a substitute teacher in the Monroe County Public School System before getting a job in Harmony’s 5th & 6th Grade Class. Outside of school, Zevon is an avid disc golfer, playing other sports, cheering on the Atlanta Braves, hiking, fishing, reading, and spending time with his lovely family. (email@example.com)
Stacy Blair, 5th and 6th grade teacher, found her way to teaching through working at French summer camps in Minnesota and teaching English in France. After these years of working with kids, she finally gave in to becoming a teacher just like her mother. She spent a decade teaching French at a small, project-based public school in lower Manhattan upon completing her Masters in language education at NYU. Stacy returned to her home state of Indiana in 2020 and feels lucky to have landed at Harmony School. She spends much of her time cooking, piddling in the garden, and reading when she’s not teaching. She also loves new sewing projects, playing volleyball, dancing, kayaking, and recently fell hard for pottery.
teaches Science and Art
and integrates the two often in classes such as: Out of the Earth – into the Fire; From Pinhole to Digital; and Color and Light. She spent time doing research and living with the Lacandones in the rainforest in Chiapas, is a native of Switzerland, and was amazed when Amish in northern Indiana spoke her mother tongue. Ursina holds a BFA from Indiana University and lives here in Bloomington with her husband and daughter. (firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercedes Lechlitner, language arts and social studies
Arlo Welty, mathematics teacher
, attended Harmony from first grade until his graduation from the high school in 1999. After graduation he attended Indiana University where he received two degrees before teaching for the Kinesiology Department in the School of Public Health since 2004. He is very excited to be back to his roots and teaching in the same middle school where he learned much of his core knowledge that has served him so well over the years. He has a very physical approach to all subjects, including math. He has an awesome son named Ronin and an amazing partner Sarah. He also owns a martial arts school in Bloomington, is the President of the United States Hapkido Federation, is a published author, and has too many other interests to name.
, mathematics teacher
, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he attended and graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School in 2002. He went on to the University of Kentucky and received his B.S. in Mathematics in 2006 and M.A. in Mathematics in 2008. While pursuing his M.A. he taught multiple classes as a teaching assistant, mostly algebra or calculus. He then moved to Bloomington, Indiana in August of 2008 with his fiancée, now wife, Katie. He worked at Indiana University tutoring student athletes in math. In June 2009, he started a Transition to Teaching program at Indiana University. In April, 2010, he received his Indiana teaching license for high school and middle school mathematics and was subsequently hired at Harmony School. In 2015, he and his wife moved to Greenwood, Indiana where he lives currently. In his spare time, Alan likes woodworking, watching animated TV and movies, and making unnecessary repairs to his house. Alan is passionate about mathematics and physics and will talk to anyone about these topics
Dr. Erica Bruce, science teacher, is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but moved to Bloomington in 2002 to attend Indiana University, where she received two degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (with a focus on plant behavior and development) in 2016. Over the course of her graduate studies, Erica presented research at numerous scientific conferences, both nationally and internationally, and has published manuscripts on the nutrient foraging capabilities of wild strawberries in Frontiers in Plant Science, and Plant and Soil. She is an active member of the American Physiological Society and the Ecological Society of America.
In her (very limited) spare time, Erica enjoys spending her days with her husband Andy, two sons (George and Archie), and dogs. She is an avid geocacher, who enjoys long distance hiking and swimming, canoeing and other water sports. Due to her immense love of food science, she enjoys honing her skills in the kitchen, cooking and baking; for the past several years, she has been developing her own cookbook. Erica has grand plans of one day being a contestant on the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament. (email@example.com)
Doris Loayza teaches Spanish
at Harmony. She is an educator and multimedia storyteller specializing in Spanish and Quechua language and culture from her native Peru. She moved to Bloomington in 2017 and began teaching Spanish at Harmony School in 2018. She also works as a program assistant for The Language Conservancy, which works on Native American languages. Doris has worked on many documentaries from Latin America as a translator and production assistant and even directed her own short film about an Ecuadorian immigrant in NYC. Some of Doris’s favorite things about Bloomington include bicycling, gardening, and the farmers market. Ask her about trying “chicha morada,” purple corn drink from Peru! (firstname.lastname@example.org
Sallyann Murphey teaches history, politics and media studies
, and serves as the High School Coordinator
and the Senior Advisor
at Harmony. She began her first career as a journalist and writer at the age of 23, when she joined the British Broadcasting Corporation as its then-youngest producer. In 1985, she came to America to establish the news operation for “Good Morning Britain,” the sister program to “Good Morning America,” which brought her to New York where she met her husband, photographer Greg Murphey. The couple eventually moved to Chicago, his hometown, where their daughter, Charley, was born in 1987. Sallyann continued to work as an investigative journalist for a number of publications including the London Observer
, IPC Magazines
, The Chicago Times Magazine
and The Utne Reader
– until 1991, when the family moved to a farm in Brown County, Indiana. This change of circumstance gave rise to Sallyann’s first book, Bean Blossom Dreams: A City Family’s Search for a Simple Country Life
(Hearst Books, 1994). Four books have followed, including The Zen of Food: A Philosophy of Nourishment
(Berkley Books, 1998), and The Metcalfe Family Album: Six Generations of Traditions and Memories
(Chronicle Books, 2000). An updated edition of Bean Blossom Dreams
was published by Indiana University Press in 2009. Sallyann – who holds a B.A. (Hons) in Politics and Modern History – is a recipient of the “Realizing the Dream Award” from the Independent Colleges of Indiana for inspiring students to expand their educational horizons. (email@example.com
Jamie Schmiechen teaches English and Theater. He grew up in San Francisco and attended Lick-Wilmerding high school where he learned to rock climb and make things out of wood. In 1997 he received his B.A. in English and Film-Studies from Colorado College, a small school in Colorado Springs. He lived in Austin, TX and built houses for a year before returning home where he taught Language Arts in San Francisco public schools. He moved to Bloomington in 2006 with his wife Sarah to raise kids and tomatoes. The kids, Jacob and Hannah, turned out well. He hopes to imbue his students with an appreciation of vivid stories, passionate arguments and homemade food. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wes Sturdevant, digital arts and media
Steve (Roc) Bonchek, Executive Director
, is a founder of Harmony School. He has served as a director of Harmony School since its founding in 1974. He has been serving as Executive Director of Harmony Education Center since its founding in 1990. Steve’s wife, Barb, also helped to start Harmony and worked here until retiring in 2014. Steve and Barb’s daughter, Fern, graduated from Harmony in 1993 and in 2000 started her own non-profit organization in Bloomington, People and Animal Learning Services (PALS), a therapeutic riding program. Steve, Barb, and Fern, along with several other Harmony students, started Rhino’s Youth Center in 1990. From 1974 to 1979, he also taught Social Studies at Harmony’s high school. Steve grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1967. In 1971 Steve received his B.A. in the Independent Learning Program with a concentration on History and Creative Writing. In 1978, he received his Masters in Alternative Education from Indiana University. His experience as one of the first graduates of Indiana University’s Independent Learning Program contributed greatly to his ideas for Harmony School. In 1978, he was appointed by Governor Otis Bowen to a Managing Council for State-Wide Job Training Programs. From 1980-82, he served as Chairperson of the Youth Subcommittee for the Council. From 1988 to 1991, he sat on the National Board of the National Coalition for Alternative Community Schools from 1989-91 as Treasurer. In 1989, Steve was an original member of the Community Alliance for Lifelong Learning, a Bloomington Chamber of Commerce initiative that brings together leaders from business, education and government, and remained a member until 2000. In 1991, Governor Evan Bayh appointed Steve to the Indiana 2000 steering committee. In 1995, Steve was one of the founders of the National Center for Independent School Renewal. (email@example.com
, Operations Director,
from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he lived until moving to Bloomington in 1994 as a student in the IU GROUPS program. Besides Indiana, he has lived in Portland, Oregon and Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Before finishing his degree in design in 2008, John worked in a variety of fields and jobs including photogrammetrist, graphic designer, aircraft deicer, vehicle recovery agent, and glass caster. John enjoys building things, restoring things, designing things, composing music, exercise, and travel when spending time outside of Harmony. (firstname.lastname@example.org
, Chief Financial Officer
, is a native of Bloomington and has been a part of the Harmony family since she was born, the co-founders of Harmony are her parents (Roc & Barb Bonchek). As a 1993 graduate of Harmony High School, Fern feels that Harmony helped her develop the tools that she needs to be a productive and contributing member of the community. Fern has a B.A. degree in Psychology with a specialization in Human & Animal Interactions. She was the founder of People & Animal Learning Services (PALS) where she was the Executive Director for 16 years. Fern has extensive experience with fundraising, development and financial management. She is an adjunct instructor at Indiana University School of Public Health (formally HPER) and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County (LBMC). When not working Fern enjoys spending time with her husband – Josh and children – Jude, Nate and Katie as well as exploring the outdoors and spending time with her animals. (email@example.com)
, Administrative Coordinator
, has been part of the Harmony family since 2009 when her son started in the Early Childhood Program. Since that time, her daughter has also started school here, and her husband is on the Technology Committee. In 2015, she took on the role of Development Coordinator to support the school by coordinating events and fundraisers. In 2020, Tonya moved into the main office as our Administrative Coordinator. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crocheting, geocaching, and playing board games. (firstname.lastname@example.org
The National School Reform Faculty organization is a professional development initiative of the Harmony Education Center in Bloomington, Indiana. NSRF trains educators around the world to use protocols and activities in the development of Critical Friends Group® work which seeks to empower educators to create meaningful learning experiences for all, by collaborating effectively in reflective democratic communities that foster educational equity and social justice.
, NSRF Director
, works with schools and national facilitators across the country and overseas to implement Critical Friends Trainings, strategic planning sessions and other work relating to collaborative learning. Michele has been a facilitator with NSRF for 9 years and enjoys facilitating trainings for educators interested becoming coaches for Critical Friends Groups. Michele also facilitates strategic planning sessions for educational and business groups.Before becoming director for NSRF, Michele taught school at Harmony for 26 years. She was awarded the Hoosier Educator Award in 2000 and the Dorothy Johnson Award for Excellence in Education of Young Children in 2001. During her teaching years, Michele created and developed a conflict resolution, mediation, and life skills program and still works with schools to transform their cultures into ones of peace, mutual support, and collaborative learning. She has been trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and teaches adults and students how to acquire a greater peace of mind and focus. (email@example.com
, Assistant Director of NSRF
, helps develop new materials and service lines for the NSRF and manages the operational staff and independent contractors for us. As an International Facilitator of Critical Friends Group work, she helps train educators and others in collaboration skills, belonging mindset, and running meetings more efficiently and effectively. Luci is also the curator of TEDxBloomington, a freelance writer and presentation consultant, Lotus Festival committee member, resident of Bloomington since 1986, and the parent of two Harmony students. (firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Hartley-Smith, NSRF Office Coordinator,
supports the NSRF office as well as its members, coaches, and facilitators through event planning, communications, website support and development, marketing, and designing and developing materials. Rachel is also an adjunct online instructor for college-level composition and creative writing courses for College of DuPage. She is an Indiana Master Naturalist, and loves to photograph, write, and hike. She has graduate degrees from Ball State University in Digital Storytelling and Creative Writing, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. She has a child at Harmony in High School. (email@example.com
Harmony School is upheld by talented and dynamic faculty and staff that come together to create an open, welcoming community and to cultivate a unique, creative, and flexible environment for students. We work collaboratively with our students to achieve outstanding results.
Interested in joining our beautiful team? Review our current job openings to see if there is a place for you.
CURRENT JOB OPENINGS