Dragonfly Preschool       Portland, OR

Dragonfly Preschool does not discriminate based on race, religion, ethnic origins, or family composition.

Katie Parra has a Master of Arts in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts for Teaching. Katie has experience teaching children of all ages, with most of her experience in teaching kindergarten and preschool aged children. She especially loves working with children as they develop in their early years and is thrilled to join the Dragonfly team!

Katie enjoys cooking, hiking, creative projects, and traveling with her husband.

Lisa Wernick has worked with youth of all ages and especially loves the energy of preschoolers. She has a BA in Psychology with an emphasis on Infant and Toddler Cognition and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education.   The 2017-2018 school year is her ninth year as a teacher and owner of Dragonfly Preschool and she couldn't be happier.

Lisa has two daughters and with them enjoys camping, farmers’ markets, going to the beach and reading children's books.

Dragonfly Preschool welcomes children aged 2-1/2 to 5. Children may still be wearing diapers and we will support their transition to using the toilet. Our school day begins at 9am and ends at 1pm. Tuition is divided into ten equal payments regardless of missed days due to illness, vacations or holidays. We allow three make-ups per school year. A non-refundable annual enrollment and supply fee of $200 is due at time of enrollment. Our tuition includes a wholesome snack made with organic ingredients. Children bring lunches from home to allow for individual dietary preferences and needs.

Dragonfly Preschool is a preschool in a sunny home in Portland in the Irvington neighborhood. We have a nurturing learning community where each child's unique abilities and interests are valued and supported. Through a play based curriculum we help each child become a confident, joyful, lifelong learner. Our days are filled with art, music, dramatic play, dance and nature. Our schedule includes ample time for free play, as it promotes friendship, problem solving, and discovery of the world. Our structure allows for flexibility to develop according to children's interests and passions. Dragonfly Preschool teaches a love for learning and wonder for life's experiences.


Nancy Whitmore has a B.A. in Women's Studies from Lewis and Clark College. After college, Nancy taught English to children and adults in Japan where she discovered a strong passion for Early Childhood Education. She later worked for 8 years as Lead Toddler and Preschool Teacher at Metro Kids in Portland where she thrived on creating nurturing spaces for the social and emotional development of young children. Nancy  is delighted to be part of the Dragonfly Preschool family.

Nancy loves reading, knitting, and road trips to remote places with her husband, son, daughter and dog.

Our Teachers:

Dragonfly Preschool is state certified and Eco-Healthy.

An annual enrollment fee of $200 is due at time of enrollment. This fee is non-refundable.   

2017-2018 tuition rates:

2 days per week: $350.00 per month
3 days per week: $485.00 per month
4 days per week: $615.00 per month
5 days per week: $715.00 per month

Call or email for more information and to set up a visit for the 2018-2019 school year.

(503) 493-2345            dragonflypreschool@gmail.com  

An example of our daily activities:

9:00-10:00 – Arrival and Free Play
Children say goodbye to parents, greet their friends and teachers and choose an activity. Free play includes dramatic play and dress up, art, building activities, and sensory fun (play dough, sand, water, etc). The days’ activities will change according to the theme currently being explored and children’s interest.

10:00-10:20 – Clean up and Snack
Children help with snack preparation and clean up. We bake bread and muffins, make applesauce, and serve fruits and vegetables. Our snack is made with healthy, organic ingredients.

10:20-10:40 – Morning Circle
Our morning circle time includes songs, sharing, stories, calendar time and group activities.

10:40-11:00 Quiet Reading and Bathroom Time

11:00-12:00 Outside Time
Children play in the yard and /or go on a walk, rain or shine. Our preschool is fortunate enough to be within walking distance of two parks. In extreme weather, our outside play will be supplemented by other gross motor activities.

12:00-12:30 – Lunch and Story Time
Children bring their lunches from home. As lunchtime is winding down we have quiet story time.

12:30-1:00 – Afternoon Activity
Our afternoon activity is our time for music, yoga, dance and other movement. This is also our time for seasonal activities, show and share, and projects.

1:00 - Goodbyes
Children say goodbye to their friends and teachers and end the day with a quiet activity.