Wow and Flutterville Alberta Arts
Our cozy playgarden for children ages 2-5 years old. In our home, a short walk from Alberta Park friends enjoy adventuring around the Alberta Arts neighborhood. We visit Green Bean books weekly as well as take bus adventures. But still and always our focus in on nature inspired free-play. Weekly visits from our French and Music teachers and daily garden visits, art studio and song circles. We enjoy also enjoy daily visits and cuddles from Fae-dog!
Miss Nicole: Head Teacher & Manager
Miss Nicole is originally from New Jersey. She has over 5 years of experience in Montessori and free play based classrooms while living on the East Coast and attended County College of Morris for Early Childhood Education. She also has many years of continuing education courses in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with Miss Deanna for 4 years at Wow and Flutterville and is currently the Provider at Wow and Flutterville Playgarden, Hazelnut Hollow and Miss Deanna's in-home Manager. Miss Nicole enjoys the natural materials, nature based play and storytelling that Waldorf focuses on and the sweet in-home playschool approach. She enjoys spending her free time with (the ever so sweet!) Fae-dog, hiking, reading, enjoying local restaurants and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Miss Lana: Teacher
Miss Lana was born and raised in Oregon where she always dreamed of teaching and found a great love for the outdoors. To start her long and happy career in childcare, Miss Lana attended Franklin high school as a member of their childcare leadership program. She then went on to work in centers, in-homes and to earn her CDA for ages birth to five. Outside of childcare, Miss Lana spends her time with her family and dog. She enjoys exploring local farmers markets, small hiking trails, growing a garden, time at the beach and camping.
Miss Laura: Assistant Teacher
Miss Laura is an Oregon native and has always enjoyed working with children. She has been a nanny for many years for infants to school aged children and has experience working as an Assistant Preschool Teacher. She is excited to join the Wow community and be a part of our village! Miss Laura spends her spare time going on adventures with her two adorable dogs, spending quality time with her nephew and camping in the great outdoors!
Miss Teri: Assistant Teacher/Floater
Miss Teri has many years of experience working with children in different settings. She has been babysitting since the age of eleven and has worked as a nanny, outdoor environmental educator and in childcare facilities. She grew up in New Jersey and has been living in Portland for over four years. Outside of Wow and Flutterville, Teri spends lots of time playing with her ten pound doggy, Gracie Lu. She is going back to school at PCC to study sound and hopes to be recording and making electronic music in the near future! She loves dancing, doing yoga, riding her bicycle around town and going out to hear live music. She is excited to get the opportunity to spend time with and get to know all of the children at the three locations of Wow and Flutterville, as she travels around covering lunch breaks for the staff.
Miss Shelly: Assistant Teacher & Floater
Miss Shelly is an Oregon native, growing up in Eugene, Oregon. She followed in her father’s footsteps as a U of O graduate. She comes from two generations of teachers, her grandfather and father. Believing that “It takes a village to raise a child”, she embraces all the wonderful, caring opportunities here helping the WOW little ones experience nature, to grow and to learn. She started babysitting her two siblings and neighborhood children when she was a teen, has worked at a local Portland preschool, and also one in the Bay area of California. She was the leader of her daughter’s Brownie Girl Scout troop, and always enjoyed her daughter’s school field trips and going on regular outdoor explorations throughout the Portland metro area. Gathering the summer harvests with her and visiting the Rhododendron garden (always a treat in spring) were favorite activities. Hiking, camping, bicycling, cooking and dancing to live jazz and blues bands and foster-caring for a lop-eared fluffy bunny she calls “Duffy” are her current loves.
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.
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