Leader since Winter 2017

Hi, my name is Mandy Swanson. I am a leader based in Springfield, MO

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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!

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I am a mom of two boys age 5 and 10 and a 12 year old girl. I am a former classroom Elementary and Early Childhood Special Education teacher. I am currently homeschooling my 5 year old son. I became a Tinkergarten leader because I want to give my own 5 year old as well as other children more opportunities for outdoor child led play that involves other children and their parents. Growing up in rural Southwest Missouri, I spent many days of my childhood outside exploring, wading, climbing, listening, picking blackberries and catching crawdads, frogs and fireflies. One of my fondest memories is making mud pies topped with daisies with my cousins on my grandparents’ farm. I am very excited to be starting my first season with Tinkergarten! I look forward to connecting with children, parents and caregivers during this upcoming session of classes!

- Mandy Swanson