Portland's Waldorf-inspired daycare for children ages 6-weeks to 5 years.
Miss Deanna - Executive Director & 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 many 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 two daughters. 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 Nicole - Director
Miss Nicole is originally from the East Coast, hailing from New Jersey & NYC. While in NJ, she attended County College of Morris for Early Childhood Education and has worked for over 10 years in childcare, from Montessori to free play based classrooms. The last 5 years she has worked with Miss Deanna at Wow & Flutterville as the NE Director and has helped the Wow village grow & become the loving community it is today. Miss Nicole enjoys the natural materials, nature based play, the storytelling that Waldorf focuses on and the sweet W&F Playgarden approach. In her free time she enjoys spending time with Fae-dog & Dylan her partner, hiking, reading, enjoying local restaurants and exploring the great PNW!
Miss Daniska - Manager & Teacher
Miss Daniska is a Portland, OR native who is half African American and Chilean. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and is a mother of 9 year old Jeramiah and 5 year old Jazzalynn. She is an Army wife and has been a dedicated Early Childhood Teacher for 9 years. Her experience ranges from Assistant, Lead Teacher to Director. In her spare time she enjoys the summer sun at local rivers, camping, and trips to voodoo donuts with her family!
Miss Lexie - Teacher
Miss Lexie was raised in Beaverton, OR and has worked with children in a variety of settings. While working towards her B.S. in educational foundations at the University of Oregon she worked part time as a student teacher at the campus child development center working with children ranging from the age of six months to five years old. She went on to complete a Masters at U of O in Elementary Education but decided that she wanted to continue to work with children under the age of 5 because she missed the curiosity they had for the world around them. It is such a joy to assist these young children in their individual development and growth. In her free time Miss Lexie enjoys baking, gardening and reading a good book.
Miss Amanda - 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 & Yoga Teacher in Seattle. 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 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 Sydney - Teacher
Miss Sydney has been working with young minds for a couple years now and found that she loves what she does! She believes every child is a true individual and they all deserve a place of their own in this world. She also believes in a strong outlet of creativity and a large amount of play being in the natural world. Sydney started out as and Aide worked her way up to Teachers Assistant and is now Head Teacher certified with a specialty in 15-36 months. She was born and raised in Southern Oregon and then moved to Bend in her mid teens where she started working with children. Sydney then graduated high school early and moved back down to Southern Oregon for a year and then back to Bend for a couple months. She has finally found a permanent home in Portland and couldn’t be happier. Miss Sydney is also soon starting school for Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Miss Angelica - Assistant Teacher
Miss Angelica was born and raised in Portland, Or. She has been working with young children for the past couple years & works as a caregiver to elders on the weekend. She is also currently in school at PCC studying Psychology. Miss Angelica enjoys hiking, being outdoors and volunteering through out the Portland metro area!
Miss Josey - Assistant Teacher
Miss Josey is from Rwanda were she worked with preschool aged children. After moving to the US, she became the loving mama of 3 sweet ones herself. Josey enjoys sharing her langauge & culture with the children at Wow! In her free time she enjoys exploring Portland with her family!