Wow and Flutterville Global Playgarden

8722 SE 17th Ave, Portland OR 97202

Global Playgarden is Wow and Flutterville’s newest playgarden, now OPEN in the Sellwood neighborhood!

 Contact Us for more information or call us at 971-302-6139.

Hours

Monday - Friday, 7am - 6pm

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About

Wow and Flutterville Global Playgarden offers nature-inspired, play-based child care for little ones ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in a loving environment centered around kindness, inclusion, and cross-cultural learning.

The staff of Global Playgarden will be made up of at least 50% refugees from an applicant pool made up of women with degrees in chemistry, math, and early childhood education and from countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Costa Rica, and Somalia.

Along with our daily rhythm of activities in our home as well as in our local Sellwood community and nearby Johnson Creek, Global Playgarden will celebrate refugee teachers’ cultures by including their songs, stories, art, and foods as part of our own community culture. Weekly visits from our Music and French teachers will be another playgarden highlight.

Serving organic, fresh, and local foods and using only green cleaning supplies, low voc paints, natural/organic materials, as well as beautiful and gentle colors, we are creating a peaceful space where young children can feel safe to explore, play, create, and “just be” in peace and joy.


Teacher Bios


Miss Ariel: Magnolia Room Teacher

Miss Ariel was born in Honolulu Hawaii, and has 2 sisters, 3 cats, and 1 dog! Miss Ariel loves working with children! She has worked with children ages 6 weeks to school aged for 6 years. She loves that she is able to learn from children as much as they are able to learn from her. For Miss Ariel it's a two-way learning experience. She loves the vivid imagination that children have and watching children grow to be extraordinary individuals. Outside of working with children Miss Ariel enjoys hiking, snorkeling, playing the ukulele, singing, spending time with her family and baking.  She is interested in deaf culture and is currently taking ASL classes.


Miss Raghad: Magnolia Room Assistant Teacher

Miss Raghad comes to us from the city of Baghdad in Iraq. She speaks both Arabic and Turkish. She has experience working with Kindergarten children for a year.  In addition she has 3 months of training in working with children. Miss Raghad loves children and is learning everyday new things about working with children! In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and going for a walk with her friends.  


Miss Pollyanna: Oak Room Teacher

Miss Pollyanna was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, where she spent her earlier years before moving to the United States. In high school she started working with young children from the Prep school she attended, teaching them art and dance. Miss Pollyanna moved to New York, where she lived for 17 years. Miss Pollyanna has been working with children for 23 years and has a lovely daughter. She enjoys seeing children grow, knowing she helped guide their development. Miss Pollyanna enjoys dancing, cooking, traveling with her family, running, playing basketball and spending time with her daughter.

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Miss McKenzie: Oak Room Assistant Teacher

Miss McKenzie is from Woodburn where she grew up with her two younger siblings, Madison and Mark. In high school she worked with children in an elementary school ranging from Kindergarten to 1st grade. Miss McKenzie enjoys watching children learn and grow! In her free time she enjoys spending time exploring and being with her friends and family! 

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Miss Christina: Cedar Room Teacher

Miss Christina was born and raised in Oregon. She spent 7 years living in California and has recently moved back to Portland.  Miss Christina has a 5 year old daughter Malena. In addition she has 1 brother, cousin, 2 nieces and 1 nephew, 2 pet Guinea pigs Gizmo and Mr. T. While Miss Christina enjoyed living in California she is happy to be home with family. Miss Christina comes to Wow and Flutterville with 16 years of experience ages birth to 5 years old. She has an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education and focused on cultural inclusion, Anti-Bias Education, and the impact of violence intervention counseling. Miss Christina finds it rewarding to watch "AHHA" moments, self discoveries, experiences observing and exploring the world from the child's point of view.  She also enjoys learning with children, exploring, and playing. Miss Christina is passionate to work with the children and families at the Global Playgarden.  She is here to support and advocate for families and their early education experiences.  


Miss Marissa: Willow Room Teacher

Miss Marissa received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Oregon in 2015 and has been fulfilling her dream of becoming a nature educator ever since. She has worked with Farm to School and Nearby Nature in Eugene, MESD Outdoor School and Camp Namanu Nature Program Specialist in Portland, and is trained through Tryon Creek in outdoor education. She is excited to share her passion for nature with young children in a time where she thinks the world needs it most. She has worked with Wow and Flutterville in the past at the in-home locations, but is thrilled to be starting a new adventure with us at the center!


Miss Emily: Director

Miss Emily is a mom to two children, Kolby who is soon to be 14, and Elizabeth who is 9 years old. She grew up in the Donald area, where she still lives. Miss Emily has her Associates in Early Childhood, her Bachelors in Child and Family Studies and her Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has worked in the field for the last 15 years in various positions, from teacher, to assistant director, to Child Care Resource & Referral consultant where she trained and provided support and technical assistance for child care programs.  She is passionate about working with children and families! Watching the growth and development of children is rewarding and what brings Miss Emily joy! Outside of working with children and families, Miss Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, BBQing, reading and taking pictures!  


Miss Deanna: Owner

Originally from Seattle, Deanna returned to the Pacific Northwest after a 20-year career in L.A.’s music industry. Once settled in Portland, she began pursuing the work she knew was her life’s calling: caring for, loving, playing and dreaming with babies and young children. Having an educational background in Early Childhood Education, Deanna’s studies and training expanded to include Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Lifeways Early Childhood philosophies. She dreamed of creating spaces for little ones that offered them opportunities to learn and grow through nature-based free play. Remembering the absence of this type of child care option while raising her own children, Deanna recognized a need that wasn’t being filled and went to work filling this need in her own community. Deanna founded Wow and Flutterville with the mission of creating a “home-away-from-home” for infants and toddlers that honors attachment parenting, family nursing choices, Mother Nature, inclusion, community, and a child's most important work: to play. Music, the arts, yoga, movement, song, and time spent in nature fill each day at Wow and Flutterville Playgardens. Committed to creating a playgarden culture based on kindness, empathy, community and inclusion in beautiful, warm, inspiring home settings, Deanna opened her first playgarden eight years ago. Since then, her program has expanded to three locations, with a fourth location soon to open in Spring of 2017. In addition to being the owner of Wow and Flutterville, Deanna enjoys spending time with her three children, ages 8, 13 and 17. Her other loves include Kundalini yoga, nature, the arts and music. Deanna looks forward to caring for and inspiring your babies and precious children at times when they can't be under your loving care.


Activity Teachers


Miss Elise: French Teacher

Eager to share my enthusiasm for French, I headed to Portland, Oregon to teach at L'Etoile, a cute little French Immersion School. For 4 years I taught all ages, in English and French, from Preschool to 5th grade and opened a French class for parents with my mantra: make it fun and they will learn! And they have. So have I. I've relearned my earliest instinct about language and the community it creates. I've been able to recreate that family table in some way, to gather a diverse group of curious people and share our stories. It's never without struggle but rarely without laughter. Today, I'm so happy to offer French tutoring, classes, and workshops at my house in SW Portland and build this community of French learners, speakers, and enthusiasts. www.frenchwithelise.com


Mister Justin: Music Teacher

Mister Justin has been performing and teaching music in Portland since moving here in 2010. He grew up in Colorado and moved to France as a child, and both regions influenced his love of folk and string music from around the world. He taught kindergarten in a French Immersion school in Portland for two years before returning to pursue music full time in 2016.  justineubanks.com