Wow & Flutterville: Irvington
A sweet cottage for children ages 3 months-5 years old where we play and share community family style. Nature and play-based, we spend our days in a gentle rhythm of song, story, puppetry and time in our garden or walks to nearby Irvington Park. Fae-dog lives here and delights the children with her companionship. Weekly visits from our French and Music teachers and daily garden visits, art studio and song circles.
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 & Development. She has been working with Miss Deanna for 5 years at Wow & Flutterville and is currently the Provider at Wow & Flutterville: Irvington, Alberta Arts 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 Katie: Co-Teacher
Miss Katie originally hails from the sunny beaches of San Luis Obispo, California. After studying over seas in Ecuador and Thailand, she moved to Portland to finish her master's at Concordia University in International Development. Miss Katie joined the Wow team over a year ago with the goal of building experience in childcare to support her dream to help women and children in developing nations. In her free Miss Katie enjoys swimming, sunny beaches, traveling, cooking & spending time with her family.
Miss Amanda: Co-Teacher
Miss Amanda is originally from South Mississippi, but has lived in the PNW since 2010. She graduated from The University of South Alabama where she studied Studio Art & Psychology. Before she joined Wow & Flutterville, she was a Preschool Art Teacher in Seattle, and has always dreamt of working at in-home playschool with all ages. When Miss Amanda is not working, she enjoys hanging out with her two dachshunds, Bea & Ralph. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking, poetry and being outside rain or shine!
Miss Bronwen: Assistant/Floater Teacher
Miss Bronwen is a Washington state native where she was raised on a 9 acre farm. She enjoyed tending to the gardens, animals and orchards as a child and spent endless hours building forts and playing in the woods. She received a BA in Communications at Fairhaven College in 1999. She went on to a career in Massage Therapy for nearly 15 years until starting a family. She also taught two summer terms as a reading enricchment teacher K-8th & was a nanny for several years. Miss Bronwen appreciates the wonderful philosophy of child led play in a warm, loving center. When not working she loves creative writing, dancing and time with her son, husband, cat and dog.
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