Leader since Spring 2017

Hi, my name is Katherine Naphy. I am a leader based in Santa Ynez, CA

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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!

Did you know the oldest, tallest, and largest trees in the WHOLE ENTIRE world are all in California? It’s been a dream of mine for years and years to go on a “California Tree Vacation.” My husband and I finally did a few years ago and now that we have children, I can’t wait to re-visit and re-hug those amazing trees with them. We had twins a couple years ago so I left my career as a first grade teacher to be home with them. Watching them develop new tricks and skills every day is astounding. It was extremely hard to step away from the classroom and my beloved first graders but spending my days with my children is beyond rewarding. My 16 years in the classroom gave me a daily dose of the joy and pride and wonderment children exude while learning. Joining the Tinkergarten Team allows me to get back to teaching and once again witness young children’s delight and curiosity while learning. But, now I get to do it in Mother Nature’s classroom. Yay! Come join me in the parks of the Santa Ynez Valley to sing, laugh, learn, and explore.

- Katherine Naphy