Leader since Summer 2016

Hi, my name is Shana Ruess. I am a leader based in Portland, OR

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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!

As a native to Portland, I grew up immersed in the environmentally conscious attitudes that make Portland so special. I had the great fortune of being among the first students to attend the Sunnyside Environmental School, what was then called the Environmental Middle School in the mid-90s, where I developed a deep appreciation of the role of the natural environment in the education and growth of children. Even today, with decades separating me from that time, I remember how profound and important that experience was for me. As a parent, I want my child to have those same wonderful experiences of play and learning outside. When I discovered Tinkergarten, I knew this was something I had to be a part of. I look forward to leading you on this journey to help our children grow into well-rounded, creative, and dynamic people.

- Shana Ruess