Head of School
Philip Werline, EdD
I am honored to be part of Juniper School's INCREDIBLE community serving as the Head of School. I started my educational career nearly twenty years ago as a volunteer soccer coach. Since then, I have served as a science and technology teacher, coach and sponsor of a variety of sports and clubs, and a school leader in the Denver area.
As an undergrad, I studied physics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and history and communication at William Jewell College where I played soccer and ran the college radio station. I earned two master's degrees from the University of South Florida in Exceptional Student Education and Educational Leadership and a doctorate from the University of Colorado in Leadership for Educational Equity completing my dissertation on STEM instruction. I am honored to be a 2022-23 finalist for Colorado Principal of the Year and as a board member for the Powerhouse Science Museum.
I enjoy skiing, soccer, computer games, dreaming about completing my science fiction novel, and spending time with my family.
Assistant Head of School
My name is Kristin Harmon and I am the Assistant Head of School at the Juniper School. I am so excited about this school year! I have lived in Durango for 26 years and consider this place home. I have raised my 18 year old son Cyrus here and we love being a part of the Durango community. Some of my favorite things to do here are trail run, paddle board, and attempting to make my son go hiking with me;) I also love to cook and share food with friends and family. I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and truly love working with children. As we establish our relationship as partners in your child’s learning, I encourage you to feel free to contact me at any time so that we can start to build a strong connection. I consider it a privilege to work with you and your child!