Mrs.Harnett was raised in Cupertino and attended Monta Vista High. Her interests in the area of teaching and working outdoors opened opportunities to teach PE at a private school in Los Altos Hills and coach synchronized swimming for the Santa Clara Aquamaids.
She went to Foothill and West Valley College and received her Early Childhood Education Certificate. Later, she moved to Turlock CA and attended Cal. State Stanislaus to get her degree in PE and Outdoor Recreation.
After moving back to the Bay Area, Mrs.Harnett completed her coursework at San Jose State and earned a BS Degree in Recreation Admin. She worked at Yosemite National Park at the Mountaineering School and Guest Services.
After becoming married to her wonderful husband of 30+ years and raising three three beautiful children, She stayed home and was a costume designer for various theater productions.
Mrs.Harnett was offered a job at St.Joseph School 15 years ago. During her first years teaching 5th Grade, she went back to school at Santa Clara University. She received a Graduate Degree in the Teaching Credential Program.