Early Learning Specialist
345 N. Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361
Nathan Winegardner is a Bilingual Early Learning Project Specialist at The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Literature from the University of Oregon. Nathan’s early learning expertise comes from his experience at Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Head Start where he worked as a home visitor and program administrator from 2007 to 2015.
He started his position at TRI in 2015. Since then, he has worked on various Spanish translation projects for TRI and Spark Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), running the Diverse Language Cohort call, supporting Central Coordination of Child Care Resource & Referral (CCCCR&R), and supporting the revision/maintenance of Spark Oregon’s QRIS. He has also director Project Fund and OPK Extended Duration Playbook project. Nathan has presented at local, statewide, and national conference on topics ranging from Circle of Security to the importance translation in the field of early learning.
When not working, Nathan enjoys being outside (when it’s not too hot and not to cold), paintball (like tag for adults), painting, remodeling (see Tom Hanks in Money Pit), and spending time with his wife Heather and his children.
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