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 Daniska - Manager & Magnolia 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 Fatou - Magnolia Assistant Teacher
Miss Fatou is from Senegal and loves to sing and speak with the children in French! She finds joy in the children and is happy to be welcomed in Portland.
Miss Sydney - Oak 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 Mastewal - Floater Teacher/Cooking Fairy
Miss Mastewal hails from Addis Abeba Ethopia. She has lived in Portland for the past 3 years in Portland with her husband and 11 year old daughter, Beemnet.
Miss Mastewal enjoys children and helping elders, reading, cooking, viewing historical sites and participating in her church activities.
Miss Lexie - Cedar 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 Marissa - Floater & Teacher
Miss Marissa moved to Portland from Sacramento, California. She would say the mountains and green land in Oregon is what brought her here. She always had a passion to work with children. When not working at Wow and Flutterville, she is out in nature hiking or running, camping, and exploring this beautiful state.
Miss Gemela - Willow Teacher
Gemela Foster has enjoyed spending time with children for as long as she can remember. As the oldest of five children, she always knew she wanted to teach, and would often pretend with her siblings. When she became a mother, she discovered Waldorf education, and enrolled her then four year old daughter at Cedarwood Waldorf School. Four years later, she enrolled her son, and began studying at the Micha-el Institute to be a Waldorf kindergarten teacher herself. She received her Waldorf Kindergarten Certification, and taught at Cedarwood Waldorf School for eleven years in the full day kindergarten program and the extended care.
In her free time, Gemela loves spending time with her daughter Brenna who is currently studying psychology at Portland State, and her son Rowan, who is a junior at Jefferson highschool. She also loves to spend time hiking in Forest Park, listening to and playing music, reading books, and socializing with friends.
Gemela is very excited to be joining the staff at Wow and Flutterville, and to continue her journey in the field of early childhood education.
Miss Meghan - Willow Co-Teacher
Miss Meghan is a Portland native with over 5 years of child care experience. She has attended Portland community college as well as Chemeketa community college. Meghan believes that child care should be done with love and be a place for children to learn and grow. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking the Oregon trails, playing volleyball and spending time with her family