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 Taira - Director
Miss Taira's passion in childcare began when she was 17 years old and started volunteering at a preschool. Once she graduated from high school she was hired at that school. After a year commuting from College, Taira found a preschool near her where she worked for the last 10 years. At that program she started off as a Floater, then a 2’s Aide. After receiving her Associates, Taira became the 4’s Lead Teacher for a year until she requested to be a Lead Caregiver in the Infant room that is where she remained until she finished her Bachelors. Miss Taira attended University of Hawai’i at West O’ahu and received a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. As soon as she graduated she was promoted to Office Manager and then a year later to Center Director where she remained for three and a half years. Miss Taira really enjoyed working at that program and loves and misses all her teachers. However, she am excited to join another great team here at Wow and Flutterville!
Miss Meghan - Teacher
Miss Meghan hails from Bosie Idaho and has one younger brother. When at home she loves to frolic in the forest, go dancing, collect rocks, read and sew. She loves working with children so she can help raise a generation of people who have respect for the natural world and learn to communicate their emotions respectfully.
Miss Jan - Teacher
Miss Jan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her family was originally from the Pacific Northwest and moved north to Seattle and Portland after she completed college. Miss Jan now lives in Southeast Portland with her husband, two children, rabbit and Guinea pig. She has a B.S. developmental psychology and has completed her LifeWays Early Childhood education. She has been working with children and families for sixteen years. She is especially passionate about storytelling, free energetic outdoor play and deeply respecting each child as a wonder spiritually, emotionally and physically. In community embracing diversity in thought, aptitudes and cultures are essential to her.
Miss Raghad - Teacher
Miss Raghad comes to us from the city of Baghdad in Iraq. She speaks both Arabic and Turkish. She has experience working with Kindergarten children for a year. In addition she has 3 months of training in working with children. Miss Raghad loves children and is learning everyday new things about working with children! In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music and going for a walk with her friends.
Miss Grace - Teacher
Miss Lauren - Teacher
Miss Lauren hails from Panama City Florida by way of Ninilchik, Ak. Lauren moved to Portland in 2016 and loves it! She has one brother who is her best friend and she lives with her beau, Riley. A self-described "nerd", Lauren loves to play video games, spend time with their cats, play guitar and sign. Lauren has a Degree in Early Childhoood Education and 7 years teaching experience working with infants to 2nd graders. She loves children's zest for life, innocence, honesty and helping them learn and develop.
Miss Emily - Teacher
Miss Emily was born and raised here in Portland Oregon. She is currently going to school for social work and plans on working with children and youth in her future. She adores children and has been working with them for 3 years. Emily loves the outdoors and spending time with the people she loves the most. She also loves to cook and try all kinds of different foods! She dreams of one day traveling everywhere and trying everything!
Mister Jacob - Assistant Teacher
Mr. Jacob grew up in Las Vegas. He spent high school summers working as a camp counselor with children, near Detroit Lake and then went to culinary school in Las Vegas! Jacob divides his time between working at a local food cart owned by a Waldorf teacher in town and working at other licensed childcare programs here in Portland. He is excited to share his humor, love and kindness with the friends at Wow and Flutterville as a support staff member.
Miss Dena - Assistant Teacher
Miss Dena hails from Iraq. She and her husband have one son who is the sweetest gift of their lives. "I'm so happy to get the chance to take care of these lovely babies. I really appreciate how Wow parents trust me to help take care of them. I will do so with all my love and passion. In my spare time I love to cook, play new games with my son, go hiking with my husband and friends and also do volunteer work. I'm happy to share my love and experience with children.