Leader since Spring 2017

Hi, my name is Latoshia Jessup. I am a leader based in Stafford, VA

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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!

Honey suckle mornings turned into blackberry picking evenings as I ran with mud covered feet from adventure to adventure as a child. I could never catch all the crawdad’s the creek had to offer, and there was never a time that the fireflies seized to astonish me as I chased them around my yard. Being outdoors has always brought forth a calmness in me. From childhood to adulthood there was always a place for me in the world outside my inner walls that allowed me to become anything I wanted and have the ability to talk to animals like Eliza Thornberry and my imagination was free to explore at the pace I felt most comfortable. From the time I felt the first little kick of my very own explorer I knew I would want him to learn the world by living in it in a personal way as my husband and I did. My husband and I both understand the beauty in nature and his support throughout this journey has made the foundation of this idea something we both know needs to be shared and encouraged through our children and those around us. Creativity seems redefined every year with more restraints than the year before, but there are no limits in this program. Children are free to create, express, explore, understand, show interest, and grow at their own pace with what seems exciting to them based on their own analysis. Creating an environment for positive growth and positive thinking has been the heart of my career choices with children, and I want to share this experience with you and your family as my family and I journey through it too.

- Latoshia Jessup