Maia Pillot (she/her) has been a preschool teacher for over 5 years. Before that she worked in various music teaching settings and still teaches music lessons (guitar, piano, and ukulele) when she’s not teaching at Dragonfly. She loves working with young children and witnessing the joy and wonder they experience each day. She is very excited to be joining Dragonfly’s team this year. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Grinnell College.

In her free time she writes and records her own music, plays tennis, and does 1000-piece puzzles.

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.

Dragonfly Preschool is state certified and Eco-Healthy.

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

Dragonfly Preschool  Portland, OR

Dragonfly Preschool welcomes children aged 3 (by the end of December of the enrolled school year) to 5. Children may still be wearing pull-ups but must be mostly transitioned to using the potty. 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. Children bring lunches from home to allow for individual dietary preferences and needs.

In 2020, 100% of our students were fully vaccinated.

Nancy Whitmore (she/her) has a B.A. in Women's Studies from Lewis and Clark College. After college, Nancy taught English to children and adults in Japan. She later worked for 8 years as Lead Toddler and Preschool Teacher at Metro Kids in Portland.  She thrives on creating nurturing spaces for the social and emotional development of young children and has been delighted to be part of the Dragonfly Preschool community for over ten years.

Nancy enjoys gardening and creating habitats for native frogs, knitting, and road trips to remote places with her family.

Our Teachers:

Lisa Wernick (she/her) 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 master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education. For the last 13 years she has loved spending her days with Dragonfly students and learning with them each day.

Lisa has two daughters and with them enjoys drinking bubble tea and eating at food carts.  She enjoys farmer's markets, games, reading  and loves finding great children's books.

Please email for more enrollment information.

2022-2023 tuition rates:

2 days per week: $435.00 per month
3 days per week: $580.00 per month
4 days per week: $740.00 per month
5 days per week: $875.00 per month

We are currently enrolling four-year-old students for 2022-2023.

Please email for more information  

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.