Leader since Fall 2017

Hi, my name is Debi McGoldrick. I am a leader based in Downers Grove, IL

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About Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!

I grew up on Chicagoland backyards and Wisconsin camping trips, went to school in Iowa, and began my career in Florida, teaching English at an environmental magnet school. Now, in Downers Grove, I am so excited to join with my community in play. As a human, I have always been drawn to the outdoors. As an educator, I have found peace, reason, and stimulation when teaching outside. Even just watching from my front stoop as chipmunks slyly scamper to their holes, I am renewed in the outdoors. I have found that- almost ALWAYS- the best thing for my children, and me, is to venture outside. Bring on the sticks and meandering ducks!

- Debi McGoldrick