Welcome to Harbor + Sprout
Here we believe that all the best days are lived outside. We think learning should be alive with curiosity and wonder and that life is meant to be overflowing with moments that cultivate connection. You can usually find us exploring nature or curled up with a book, making memories side by side with our own little adventurers. Join us as we dig our bare feet into the soil, take root, and embark together on the journey of education!
Meet the Team
Danielle is the mother of 4 wild things and the heart of Harbor + Sprout, which is a thousand dreams, ideas, and conversations all coming to life. Most of her favorite childhood memories consist of walking barefoot through creek beds in Kansas, fishing off the back of a canoe, or watching thunderstorms from the front porch, and now she loves bringing her kids in on the magic. She realized early on in motherhood that everyone was very content to be forever reading books, exploring outside, creating, and being together, and homeschooling was the clear path for a lifetime of making memories. Danielle has a deep love of learning, and in the quiet of the night when everyone is tucked in bed just a room away, you can always find her up too late reading a book. Curiosity and wonder are forever alive in her, and now she gets to share this passion with her own children and all of you through Harbor + Sprout!
Stephanie is a second generation homeschooler and mama of three. Growing up, she was always outside and constantly creating. Exploring her own little corner of the world from such an early age cultivated a curiosity and love of learning that she is now passionate about passing on to her kids. She is an avid artist, professional photographer, freelance graphic designer, and devoted writer. Her inspiration is the natural world around her and discovering it through the eyes of her children. She firmly believes that there is magic to be cfound everywhere, especially in the everyday, in between moments, we just have to train our eyes to see it. As Harbor + Sprout began to take form, Stephanie created the logo, perfectly capturing the heart behind what we do. She also photographs the majority of our content, is the artist behind our monthly characters, and the designer of the Explorer Toolkit. Everything she creates is interlaced with bits and pieces of herself - you can get to know her more through the Geography unit of the Harbor + Sprout curriculum and by following along with us here on Instagram!
Lauren is the social media manager for Harbor and Sprout! Chances are if you’re chatting with us via DM or in comments, it’s her you’re talking to!
Another place you can find her is over @a.home.grown.love where she shares wellness, recipes, and all things motherhood journey related!
Lauren is mama to her six year old little boy and they live in the Austin, Texas area where they love exploring the great outdoors together, coming up with new recipes, and creating with anything they can get their hands on!
Lauren's love for homeschool started a few years ago when she found a strong desire to keep her baby home with her for all life’s lessons and learning opportunities. They've been in this together ever since and are excited for this journey through Harbor + Sprout!
Rebecca grew up in Sydney, Australia, and spent most of her childhood riding horses, drawing, catching tadpoles in the local creek, playing outdoors, climbing trees, roller skating, and being creative. She loves the beach and enjoys being outdoors and simply enjoying the beautiful world we live in.
Rebecca is a mumma to three gorgeous boys, who are her whole world. She loves homeschooling her two youngest boys, and being able to work from home doing what she loves: creating learning activities for kiddos!
Rebecca has worked in the childcare industry for 30 years which is where her love for creating
beautiful learning activities for children began, and where her business Whimsy Printables was born. Rebecca has just recently hung up her Educator cape to focus on homeschooling and spend more time creating learning resources. Rebecca absolutely loves contributing to Harbor & Sprout and looks forward to creating more beautiful learning resources in the future!
You can follow her on Facebook/Insta : @whimsyprintables
Vanessa began her small business - Wild Feather Edu - while trying to find inspiration for her homeschooling family.
As an artist, she wanted to find something aesthetically pleasing, but useful, and more importantly something that would make learning fun for her children.
Vanessa struggled to find exactly what she was looking for, so decided to create her own for everyone to use and enjoy. She paints or draws all her own images and then researches the text through many books and websites to ensure accuracy.
Vanessa's love for nature and animals is a constant source of inspiration for many of her packs. She views each resource as a piece of artwork, as well as educational.
Vanessa and her family love exploring, going on adventures, and wild swimming. She hopes her posters and packs help to bring joy into your homeschooling life.
Erika grew up in the hustle and bustle of city life in Chicago as the oldest of two girls, raised by her single mother. Never a dull moment with honking cars, trains zipping by, and pedestrians on the sidewalks walking past her window. But she always loved the days when she could escape the noise and go for a swim in Lake Michigan, play volleyball on the beach, or hike through the many forest preserves just outside the city.
On rainy days when she couldn’t get outside, her immigrant mother would tell her stories of life in Guatemala. Erika’s love of painting was fueled by the many hours she would watch her mom paint on canvas, brushing with both precision and freedom in the same stroke.
Erika worked in downtown Chicago for most of her 20s as a graphic designer for a small firm. Although Erika was passionate about graphic design, she felt called to change careers. After getting her Master’s in Education from Northwestern University, she became a Chicago public school elementary teacher for 8 years. Erika loved teaching writing to middle schoolers and digital illustration in after-school workshops.
Erika decided to leave the classroom to start her family, gravitating toward Montessori homeschooling once her eldest daughter was born in 2018. She loved the freedom & independence the philosophy fosters. As a multilingual home (her husband is Ukrainian and speaks Russian), it was important to Erika to include Spanish, Russian & English at home for their three daughters through books, songs, & play. When Erika struggled to find beautiful AND bilingual Montessori printables for her daughters, she decided to create her own.
Erika launched her Etsy shop - Montessori & Multilingual featuring handmade Montessori toys & original watercolor printables for multilingual learning. Erika aims to create works of art that are both beautiful and educational. She hopes her bilingual printables bring the joy of learning a foreign language into your home.
Follow her journey on Facebook / Instagram: @montessori.multilingual
We love to hear from you! Contact us at email@example.com or find us on Instagram @harborandsprout!
Amber is a homeschooling mom to two curious, nature-loving, and wild little humans, a creator of things, a hugger of trees, and a collector of books. She grew up, red-haired and freckled, in a small town on the East Coast of Canada, surrounded by orchards and tides. Her love of language and literature emerged at an early age, alongside her fascination with the natural world and all things old. Learning ancient languages, reading and writing poetry, and exploring wild spaces were among her favorite pastimes.
While in University, Amber earned degrees in archaeology and paleontology. She spent her summers in graduate school excavating fossils in Eastern Europe and her winters studying in the collections of natural history museums. The rest of her time was spent writing and teaching labs and lectures. Teaching became her passion. During this time, she also began working as an editor, which led to her pursuing a career in educational publishing.
With the birth of her littles, Amber embarked on her next series of adventures: motherhood and homeschooling. Today, Amber, her husband, and their two wildlings split their time between their place in Toronto and their home in the forest, an off-grid cottage that they are restoring as a family. In between homeschooling and renovating, Amber creates hand-painted, nature-inspired, educational printables for her Etsy shop, So Simple a Beginning (@sosimpleabeginning ), and writes the Language Arts and Writing curriculum for Harbor and Sprout.
Lindie is a mama of 2 boys and 2 cats, and they live in Ontario Canada, where there is nature and wildlife all year round. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and has spent a lot of time researching mindfulness, emotions, and leadership in organizations. An interesting fact is that her research was featured on Jeopardy as an $800 prize!
Ever since she was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. Now she is a professor in organizational psychology and she has taught thousands of undergrad and grad students; but most importantly, she also gets to teach her boys! She firmly believes that instead of focusing heavily on teaching students what there is to know, it's important to cultivate a sense of curiosity in students so that they will be intrinsically motivated to explore the world. With that in mind, Lindie launched her passion project, Hudson Academy of Curiosity (@hudson_academy ), creating fun learning resources for young learners.
Lindie also took on the role of writing the math section for Harbor and Sprout and she is loving every moment of it! She dusted off her old GCSE and A-Level (grade school and high school curriculum in the UK) math textbooks and she is ready to take on the challenge to make math fun for everyone!
Born and raised in the UK, Claire graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with a BA in Primary Education. Following a year of studying in Brisbane, Australia with a focus on gifted and inclusive education, it quickly became apparent Claire’s passions layout with the boundaries of traditional classroom education. Claire is passionate about education that is comprehensive, experiential, and accessible.
A decade later Claire finds herself now happily settled in Texas with her husband and two little red-headed girls. Home education is the foundation of her days where she believes the joy and magic of education lie all around - we only need to dive right in! She is happiest cultivating an adventurous, lively, and laughter-filled homeschool life, supporting her girls’ natural abilities and interests.
As a family unit, the Garleys all enjoy exploring the great outdoors, reading and sports. Claire is a keen musician having spent her youth playing, singing, or enjoying local bands. You can follow her and her girls’ Instagram journey @thegarleygirlslearn
Amber is a mama of three beautiful kids: a blond, a (curly) brunette, and a redhead. Growing up, play was the basis of her childhood. As a parent, she has grown to love and appreciate that part of her childhood and sees the value in play even more. She has taken this love of playing and applied it to her parenting and homeschooling philosophies.
Although Amber is passionate and excited about homeschooling her kids now, it wasn’t always a dream of hers. Homeschooling has paved its own path for Amber & her family. In fact, Amber dreamed of herself as a business professional with her days in nice, fashionable dress clothes, working with clients, and problem-solving with coworkers every day. Homeschool still allows plenty of “problem-solving with coworkers” and “working with (very demanding) clients”, but Amber has found that she much prefers leggings & a sweatshirt to dress clothes any day - and she cherishes these days she gets to spend at home with her littles teaching, playing and learning together.
Amber and her family spend as many of their days as possible in the backyard - crafting, listening to countless podcasts, reading books, and playing so many games. “Adventure” is a buzzword in her house, and Amber hopes to help bring that adventure to you and your family. You can follow her on Instagram @these.are.the.days.3.