ABOUT HARMONY ACADEMY
Your story. Our support.
Harmony Academy is Oregon’s first high school dedicated to helping students recovering from substance use disorders.
We help our students see what they can’t yet.
A new story is possible.
Meet our people
Meet the PrincipalSharon Dursi Martin
Harmony Academy’s Founding Principal, Sharon Dursi Martin is a passionate advocate for young people. She has dedicated her career to creating vibrant school and classroom communities where students can experience deep belonging, connection, and personal growth.
Early in her career, Sharon found her place as a much-loved alternative middle and high school teacher. Her energetic and collaborative work to empower young men and women living with high risk factors ignited her passion to pursue educational leadership as a catalyst to change.
In 2016, Sharon was awarded an Equity Fellowship to study educational leadership at the University of Oregon. She excelled in the program, choosing an intensive focus on the transformative aspects of education for individuals and communities. She earned her Oregon Administrator’s License in 2017.
Sharon was promoted by the board of Ridgeline Montessori Charter School in Eugene to serve as their principal prior to attending the University of Oregon. In the years between 2014-2019, under her leadership, the school celebrated a dramatic increase in academic growth and achievement, thriving and creatively active learning environments, and increasingly sophisticated student supports.
In 2016-17, Sharon chose to dive deeper and complement her work at Ridgeline with a practicum at Early College and Career Options, an alternative school sponsored by the Eugene School District. In 2018, she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District, which provided her with a more birds-eye view of the joys and challenges of larger equity work and a broader understanding of how people can interact, with love, to create innovative systems that support learners.
Becoming the principal of Harmony Academy is the culmination of Sharon’s personal and professional development. Sharon has been highly active in recovery in Eugene since March 29, 2006. Fierce love, compassion, and unwavering hope have characterized her work with others suffering from substance use disorders, in the rooms of recovery, in treatment centers, as a tutor, and in her classrooms. Sharon shares her own story openly and honestly and lives the message—there is hope. Recovery is real and it is amazing. Like education, it has the power to transform us.
University of Oregon, Administrator Licensure Program, 2017
Pacific University, Master of Arts in Teaching, 2002
Bryn Mawr College, B.A. Fine Arts and Creative Writing, 1996, magna cum laude
Board of Directors
Our core values
EngagementEngaging fully in life, in community, and in the process of change.
CommitmentApproaching life in new ways, with the goal of staying free from chemicals and open to life on life’s terms.
HopeActing from the belief that we have the power to change our own lives and positively impact those around us.
PurposeActing creatively towards goals that better our own lives and the health of our communities.
EmpathyRecognizing that other people are as important in their own lives as we are in our own.
ConnectionConnecting to our authentic selves, with those around us, and to a world of possibility.
Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.
Our story began in 2016 when three individuals in separate communities were interested in learning more about a documentary film that profiled a recovery high school in Houston, chronicling a different path to recovery and healing for young people with substance use disorders. That documentary was Generation Found, and we believed it would be a catalyst to change how youth in recovery are educated in our state.
Our communities were invited to watch Generation Found and after experiencing the film, they believed it was possible to launch a Recovery High School in Oregon and committed to making it a reality by 2020.
As we dreamed and shared the vision of a recovery school in Oregon, it was like an awakening for each person that heard the story. Whatever we needed to make the school a reality seemed to appear. We needed the perfect people on the team, and they came.
The three founders gathered a small but powerful coalition of cross-sector leaders and the Lake Oswego School District boldly sponsored the school as a free and appropriate public charter school-of-choice for any adolescent in recovery throughout the tri-county region. With the hiring of a passionate and visionary founding principal, Harmony Academy was born. It felt as though the answers came out of nowhere, perfectly matched to bring the school to life. In just three short years the school has become a reality.
Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for the support of the larger community and our many partners, nor can words sufficiently express our collective hope for the well-being of the students who will be served at Harmony Academy. They are the reason for this mission, and they all deserve a bright and compelling future.
On September 3, 2019, Oregon welcomed the first recovery high school in our state, and for that we are all eternally grateful.