Charles Swanson

Charles is originally from North Platte, Nebraska.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona as well as a Master’s degree from the U of A College of Education, and a Teacher’s Certification from Prescott College. For almost 20 years he has worked as a teacher for students of all ages in Tucson Unified School District and at Pima Community College.  Most of his teaching experience has been in language arts and adult education.  Charles is also the co-founder of Tucson Puppet Works and has been an active puppeteer for over 12 years. He has always been attracted to the Waldorf focus on play, the arts, music, movement , and nature and appreciates the Waldorf understanding that when you let kids be kids, that’s how they’ll learn best.  He discovered TWS when, many years ago, his violin teacher convinced him to substitute teach in a Tucson Waldorf School strings orchestra class.  More recently, Charles and his wife Ileana have been bringing their young children to the Quail’s Nest parent-child classes to begin their journey at TWS.

He chose the study of Environmental Education to help us all create a more beautiful and just world. Charles believes our survival hinges on us falling in love with mother earth. In support of these ideals, Charles and Ileana, are the owners and operators of Sun Sprout, a local reusable diaper service. In his free time, Charles enjoys playing music, cycling, camping and hiking, cooking, gardening, permaculture design and yo-yo tricks. He is thrilled to be teaching under the sun and among the plants and creatures of our lovely desert.