OUR TEACHERS

The PEEK Program's energetic, creative teaching team. Take a moment to sneak a PEEK at our amazing team of ladies.

Karen Cassidy - since 2000
Director / Owner

Karen has been with The PEEK Program since 2000. She’s served as a teacher, tutor, and administrator and was thrilled to take over the challenge of being School Director and Owner in May 2012. She holds a degree in Business Management from The University of Phoenix and studied Elementary Education at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Her son, Peter is one of our distinguished PEEK alumni. Outside of the office you are most likely to run into Karen out and about in Park City and you can count on a smile being on her face! Originally from Washington State, Karen has called Park City home since 1989. PEEK team members point to Karen as the most likely to always have time to listen.

Molly Finnerty
Assistant Director

Molly is a new addition to the PEEK Program.  She just moved to Utah from New York City, where she was a preschool teacher for the last 4 years and just completed her Dual Master's in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Fordham University.  She absolutely loves children and has worked in child care centers, schools, and camps, as well as an adaptive ski program. 

Molly is one of five children and has five nieces and nephews with another on the way!  She has a passion for travel and has spent two weeks kayaking in Alaska, traveled to Australia alone, and will do anything for a weekend getaway with friends and family.  When not in the office, you can find Molly skiing Alta or playing with her Old English Sheepdog, Charlie! 

Claudia Moody - since 2007
Classroom Coordinator

Claudia joined our PEEK teaching team in 2007. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Goethe University in Frankfort, Germany and brings 30 years of teaching experience to our pre-kindergarten and preschool classrooms. She’s taught in two countries and studied several methods of education, including Waldorf and Montessori. She speaks fluent German and enjoys incorporating the language into our classrooms. Claudia is favored by her co-workers for her unending flow of ideas, knowledge in the classroom and support of PEEK’s teaching philosophy. In Claudia’s spare time she enjoys music, art, reading, travel and spending time with family.

Portia Adams - since 2015
Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten

Portia brings to PEEK over 10 years’ experience working with children in various roles at Alpine Adventures/Summit Kids, Park City School District Childcare Center, Sierra Vista and Right Steps. Portia has been married to her wonderful husband for over 25 years and has two grown boys of her own that live in Iowa. She is also a PROUD new grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.  She has travelled through the United States and lived in several different states throughout. Portia enjoys baking, cross-stitch, making people happy and loves to watch her boys play football. If you are looking for great pie recipe, see Portia!

Heather Herde - since 2015
Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten PROMOTION 2017

Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Westminster College. She fulfilled her internship at Hogle Zoo in their education department and taught summer camp classes. In addition she has been an Eco Explorer and a reindeer keeper at the zoo. Heather has travelled to many of the ski areas over the world competing in alpine snowboarding. She has won multiple national titles and has represented the U.S in World Cup events. Heather enjoys her free time crocheting and fly fishing and hopes to one day have her own reindeer farm.

Richie Craddock - since Fall 2017
Teacher In Training Pre-K and Stay&Play Teacher

Richie joined our PEEK teaching team in September, 2017.  He is the oldest of 10 siblings and assisted in the upbringing of his 6 brothers and 3 sisters.  Richie attended Orem High School and Utah Valley University.  He was a participant of Future Business Leaders of America, earned the rank of Eagle Scout and is a self-published author of “The Code of Progression”.  Richie loves being creative and enjoys writing, dancing, singing, running and being in the outdoors.

Nancy Simonds - since 2015
Lead Teacher - Preschool

We welcome Nancy to our PEEK teaching team as Lead of the Preschool class. Nancy attended Park City High School and then moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. She taught as a science teacher and teacher assistant at Lakewood Montessori in Boise and has worked in various outdoor science camps, Swaner Nature Preserve being one of them. Nancy enjoys anything in the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about hiking, camping, bike riding, lacrosse and volleyball.

Holli Kudrna - since 2016
Teacher - Preschool

PEEK welcomed Holli to our team November 2016.  Holli came to us from previously working at a center in Salt Lake City with children ages 2 to 4 years of age.  Currently, she's set her goals on working toward her Child Development Associates (CDA) and finding happiness in the support and growth she receives at PEEK.  Once you meet her you'll realize her love and enjoyment of children as she always challenges herself to be the best teacher she can be.  Holli loves to get down and dirty with the children while doing art and science projects and says “the messier, the better” especially when it comes to color and texture.  She enjoys writing, experimenting with and creating classroom curriculum and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking with her dog, doing puzzles and latch hook art.

Amrita Grewal - since 2017
Teacher - Preschool

Joining our PEEK teaching team in January 2017, Amrita brings over two and a half years of experience working with children in various positions while going to school to receive her BS in Biology from UC Santa Barbara.  Amrita has worked with children at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times where children have been directly affected by cancer.  During this time she developed an understanding of finding her teaching position to be both challenging and rewarding as she helped young children and their siblings work through social and emotional experiences. Ms. Amrita has also worked as a Teacher Aide in an elementary school classroom.  Amrita enjoys cooking, hiking, spending time outdoors and traveling.  And we enjoy her humor and smile.

Anne Marie Gardiner
Teacher & School Asst and Homework Club Lead

Look for more information about Anne Marie.

Carissa Dudley
Teacher & School Asst and Stay&Play Teacher

We'll have more information regarding Ms. Carissa very soon.