Project Description

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 protected])

Rafi Friedman is new to the Harmony Community. He has experience working with children of all ages from his time working at a childcare center, elementary school, and a summer camp. Rafi studied at Indiana University and enjoys playing board games and having fun.
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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. ([email protected])

Elaine Bonadies, K-2nd grade teacher, was born in Chicago, but has lived all over southern Indiana, landing in Bloomington in 1999 for college at IU. Elaine met an amazing guy, Matt, in Bloomington in 2009, and Monroe County became their permanent home. Elaine and Matt have two amazing kids. They love traveling as a family and have enjoyed vacations to places like Washington DC, Disneyland, and North Carolina! Elaine also enjoys snuggling on the couch under blankets with her kids and two kitties or listening to audiobooks while driving in her car. She also enjoys working at Toy Chest in Nashville when she’s not teaching. She has taught at Wonderlab, with English Language Learners, and with many students, before and after school, in MCCSC.

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 has 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. ([email protected])

Noelle Wanchic, 3rd & 4th grade teacher

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 protected])

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Mercedes Lechlitner, Language Arts and Social Studies, is from Northern Indiana and moved to Bloomington for college, where they have stayed since. They got their start at Harmony as a student teacher and fell in love with the ability to work side by side with students in a cooperative way. Mercedes received their bachelor’s degree in English Education and came back to Harmony to fill a variety of different roles; teaching for a year, helping in the office, and doing social work while pursuing a Masters in Social Work from IU. Ultimately Mercedes landed here at Harmony in a full time position teaching social studies and language arts, the perfect combination of their passions for social justice, history, and language arts. Mercedes lives here in Bloomington with their partner and a bunch of pets. 
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.
Jennifer Ruff, mathematics teacher, returned to Bloomington after several years of teaching in the Bronx. Her classroom has always been full of art, books, and laughter. In her own time, she loves making things, baking things, and most importantly, spending time with her husband, Paul, and her two children. Jen previously taught as one of the co-teachers of Harmony’s K-6 class.
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Alan Boucher teaches mathematics at Harmony School. His credentials include a bachelors and masters degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and a high school and middle school teaching license from completing a transition to teaching program at Indiana University. Throughout the years, Alan has taught and tutored a broad range of mathematics courses ranging from pre-algebra to vector calculus. In Alan’s spare time he likes to build/repair things, cook, and most of all spend quality time with his daughter.
Ana Cordero teaches Spanish at Harmony.
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.

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.

Wes Sturdevant, digital arts and media
Kendra Maxwell, science


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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 protected])
Tonya Walden, Operations Director, 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 at Harmony, and her son has graduated from Harmony’s high school program. Since 2015, Tonya has worn many hats including: Development Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator, and now Operations Director. Tonya is passionate about education and social equity. With over 25 years working with non-profits and 20+ years experience working with youth and their families, Tonya has found the Harmony Community to be a wonderful place to call “home.” In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crocheting, geocaching, and playing board games. ([email protected])
Fern Goodman, 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 protected])
Meagan McClain, Office Manager, loves working with children. She enjoys working at Harmony, where she gets to assist children and teachers everyday. Meagan has been involved with Harmony as a parent and staff member since 2015. Meagan likes sharing her love of Star Trek, learning, escape rooms, and arts and crafts during Exploration Classes for Harmony students. In her free time, she enjoys frogtography and rebuilding her camper for a future cross-country road trip.  ([email protected])
Alycyn DeClerk, Development Coordinator, is from Columbus, Indiana, where she developed a love for all things artistic and collaborative. After graduating from Franklin College in 2008 with a B.A. in Theatre, she returned to Columbus to work in public schools as a theatre instructor and also taught art and theatre at Foundation for Youth. In 2013, Alycyn joined Developmental Services, Inc. (DSI), where she primarily worked in marketing, fundraising, and the development of a new Education and Enrichment program. She moved to Bloomington in 2020 and was hired by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, where she served as the Director of Development and Operations. In October 2022, Alycyn joined the Harmony School team. She is excited to work for such an amazing place that supports the comprehensive development of children. Alycyn lives with her husband Ryan and two fur babies, Ernie and Indy. In her spare time, she enjoys refinishing old furniture, documenting all the funny moments of her dog and cat, and adventuring with her husband. ([email protected])
Dustin Feathers, Administrative Assistant and native of Bedford, IN, graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2005. His upbringing instilled in him a passion for sports, having actively participated in football, track, and wrestling during his formative years. Alongside his partner Fallon, Dustin is a devoted parent to two children, Claire and Jackson. In his leisure hours, he indulges in weight lifting and percussion instruments. Currently, at Harmony, he fulfills responsibilities within the office while also contributing to tasks ranging from maintenance to providing first aid. Dustin loves Harmony and hopes to continue helping in any way he can for a long time.

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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.

Michele Mattoon, 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 protected])
Luci McKean, 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. ([email protected])
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 protected])
Andrew Oughton, NSRF Administrative Assistant  ([email protected])
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