Meet the Team
Jennifer grew up along the Columbia River in eastern Washington where she learned to listen for the song of redwing blackbirds and how to skip rocks. A life-long lover of books, she has a degree in English and spent her pre-mom years working for an early literacy program at a public library. She has a background in classical music and has taught piano and music lessons for the past ten years.
Along with her husband, four kids, and Rembrandt the goldendoodle, Jennifer lives in a big, old brick house filled with books and surrounded by a very overgrown garden in a small town in northwest Missouri. When she's not homeschooling her kids or teaching piano lessons, Jennifer works as a free-lance creator for digital and print publications, including Bravery Magazine, her own Play-Along Adventures classical music curriculum, and of course, Harbor + Sprout.
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 my soon to be 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!
Christina was raised in a cozy 1700’s farmhouse in rural Maine, surrounded by wild blueberry fields, gardens, and goats.
Homeschooling was always an exciting adventure with their family of eight. Even on a tight budget, her parents found creative ways to provide enrichment opportunities and lessons, giving their children space to explore and develop a true love for learning.
Christina discovered she was good at basically anything creative, terrible at team sports, really loved horses, and always wanted to make things look pretty.
After meeting her future husband in college at their freshman jazz ensemble (he was the bass player and she was the piano player), Christina started creating band posters for friends, and fell in love with graphic design as well.
Christina lives with her little family on the rocky coast of Maine, and creates nature-based multilingual printables @morningstogether. As a digital illustrator and professional graphic designer, Christina started Mornings Together after creating high-quality bilingual printables for her own daughter. She brings a passion for homeschool and a love for nature to her Harbor + Sprout contributions.
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
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