Attending the University of Michigan in the 1960's, Joy Harmon became enamored with the field
of Economics, which explains and extols the value of "The exchange of Goods and Services"
in our Capitalist society. The course also explained various other economic models practiced
around the world. After participation in "Corporate America" as an investment analyst, an
accountant, and a bookkeeper, a realization that the "free exchange of goods and services" was
not so "free" as she watched "the few get rich" and "the many suffer exploitation” resulting from
education programs which guided poor and unempowered children toward a factory worker
After a stint in the Peace Corps, where she was trained to create and teach in Family Learning
Centers, Joy accepted a teaching position at an inner city public school in Baltimore, MD. An
immediate love/love/love relationship ensued between Joy and her students and their guardians.
Offered a 3-month very creative in-house training at PS #1, including a free on-site Master's
Degree Program from Morgan State University, Joy learned to entice children with pertinent
hands on, real world activities, which captured attention; for instance, bringing a turtle to observe
before improving reading skills with a story about turtles.
Educating herself further through several years of teaching in public and private schools around
the country, Joy founded Swan Educational Center, a private non-graded school for 5-15 year
olds. Here, exploration of both individualized and communal learning...with real-world hands-
on methods including trips into the natural environment...led children to enjoy and thrive at their
self-initiated learning tasks and teacher/student co-created innovative activities. After 8 very
successful years as a private school, SEC became a non-profit corporation, and eventually a
global offering of supportive modules to every form of educational program in existence.
At Swan Educational Center Global, “we lead as educators with compassion, engaging all of our
clients to proceed with passion”, thus creating the opportunity for people to embrace and acquire
the skills needed to move joyfully through the world, living and working in their field of choice.