Building Support Staff

Melanie Lawhorn


Principal's Secretary

Office Manager

I have been with Aurora Public Schools for 13 years. Before joining the team at the Harmony Ridge P-8, I was at Gateway High School as Secretary to the Principal, Bookkeeper and ESS Assistant. I have also been a DLC Para at both Gateway and Aurora Central High Schools. My family is a big part of the APS community. My husband, Chuck, is a Restorative Conversation Assistant (RCA) at Pickens Tech. My son, Koda, is a Daniel's Fund Scholarship recipient from Hinkley HS and attended Colorado State University, earning a Masters in Elementary Education and a BFA in Technology Design and currently teaches 6th grade. His wonderful wife, Alisha, is a graduate from Aurora Central HS and CSU and now teaches Family and Consumer Science, Culinary Nutrition, and Life Management. My daughter, Taryn, is an adult with special needs, who went through the APS Crossroads and Project Search programs and landed an amazing job at Children's Hospital in Aurora. She is the reason I started my journey in the education field. I couldn't be more proud of my entire family! In my free time I enjoy traveling, camping and all things glitter. I am so excited to be a part of the Harmony community and look forward to building strong relationships with our neighbors, students and staff. I'm a great listener, caring and pride myself on always providing friendly, helpful and positive customer service. I look forward to building a great relationship with you!

Angie Flores Machuca


Reception/Attendance Clerk


Email: TBD

Enrollment Manager/Clerk

Lizzie Hoff



Josh Rude



Maggie Okoniewski


General Education Social Worker

I'm Maggie Okoniewski, the school social worker at Harmony Ridge. I am so excited to be a Raptor and a part of this amazing community. I enjoy working in schools because I love the learning environment, academic culture, and seeing students grow.
I'm from Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended school at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My background began in clinical social work with children and families in a therapeutic setting. From there, I began working in schools in Jefferson County and Sheridan School District before coming to Aurora Public Schools.
Outside of school, I keep very busy teaching fitness classes and running an outside therapy practice. In my spare time, I love all things outdoors, active, and Colorado. I am a proud nerd and enjoy anything related to science fiction and fantasy (books, movies, video games, cosplay conventions, you name it!). I also love football and will tell you that the Green Bay Packers are the best team ever!

Pam Candelaria


Site Tech/Library

Hello, Harmony Ridge! I'm Pam Candelaria, and I'm excited to join your community as librarian and site technician! I have worked in APS for 7 years, all at Jewell Elementary. I started there as a para, a couple years later moved into the library, and a year after that started up a tech lab as well! One of the things that I love most about my job is getting to learn and discover with my students. Whether it's reading a new book, discovering new technology, or just getting to know the amazing young people I've had the pleasure of working with, I wouldn't trade my experience for the world!
In my time away from school I enjoy spending time with my husband and our four children, I love baking, and I'm a voracious reader. I also love animals, and adore my 2 cats, our Saint Bernard, and our bearded dragon. I am looking forward to being part of the community at Harmony Ridge and can't wait to meet all of you!

Jessika Munoz

Facilities Manager

My name is Jessika Munoz and I am so excited to be part of the Harmony Ridge Community as your Facilities Manager!
I was born in Oroville, California and moved to Aurora, Colorado at the age of five. For my education, I attended the Aurora Public Schools beginning in 1998. I went to Crawford Elementary, West Middle School, and graduated from Aurora Central High School in 2010. I did some college at the Community College of Aurora.
I started working for the Aurora Public Schools as a Utility Custodian. As a Utility I was able to learn so many things. I learned the right knowledge to keep a school standing strong and I will keep striving for perfection! I believe that being able to satisfy the needs for our kids, parents and staff is the key to success and it will be my goal and my pleasure to maintain a strong, healthy school environment.
In my spare time, I love to work out. I love to cook. I love to remodel my home when I get the chance. I love to walk my beautiful dogs. I love to read, and watch my favorite shows on Netflix. I enjoy drinking coffee every morning and my favorite food is pizza.
I am ready to show my potential and I am so thrilled to meet everyone! Thank you so much Harmony Ridge for the opportunity!