Wow and Flutterville Playgarden

3416 NE 11th Portland, OR 97212

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. 


Teacher Bios


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 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 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 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

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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