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.

Rex Alo
Assistant Director

Rex is new to The Peek Program and hales from Sandy, UT. As a recent recipient of a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Family Studies from Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, Rex is excited to join our PEEK team and experience early childhood.  While at UVU, Rex was a lead mentor for troubled youth teaching life-skills, coping techniques, tutoring and more.

Rex is also a professional dancer! He’s toured around the United States and in different countries such as Australia, Fiji, Canada, and all around the Caribbean performing different genres of dance including Polynesian, Latin and Hip-hop. In addition, Rex dances for the Utah Jazz Hip-hop team, “The Cyprus Hype Team”. He is the youngest of 6 children with 16 nieces and nephews and a nephew on the way! He enjoys spending time with family and friends and loves meeting new people! 

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.

Allie Needler
Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten

Allie joins PEEK with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Vermont.  She is also certified in Art Education for Pre-K thru 12th Grade.  Allie’s educational experience includes preschools, elementary schools, and high schools.  Most recently, Allie worked with Marriott Hotels as the Activities Manager.    

In 2011, Allie made the move from one mountain town to the next, leaving her hometown of Burlington, Vermont to start the next chapter of life in Park City.  Allie is an avid skier and mountain biker, as well as artist who can find the beauty in everything.  Allie likes working with watercolors and acrylics, as well as drawing and photography.  Allie has already infused her zest for creativity into the PEEK classroom.  After working with children during the day, Allie goes home to enjoy some time with her “fur babies” -- two dogs, a cat, and a hamster!

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!

Richie Craddock - since Fall 2017
Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten and Stay&Play Lead

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.

Carissa Dudley
Teacher - Preschool

Carissa comes to PEEK with many years of experience having served as a preschool teacher, drama teacher, reading tutor, music teacher, and nanny.  On top of her experience, Carissa is well-versed in developmentally appropriate teachings having seven children herself.

Diversity is a plus as Carissa has worked with children from the infant stage through the teenage years.  She joins PEEK with a degree from Utah State University.  Having recently moved from Vernal, Carissa is excited about exploring Park City and all that it has to offer.  She loves spending time with her family, horseback riding and training, as well as scrapbooking and theater.  When at PEEK, keep an ear out for Carissa's beautiful singing voice!! 

Madi Jehan
Teacher - Preschool

Madi became a PEEK Team member in August of 2018.  Madi attended Portland Community College where she was studying Early Childhood Education.  Her experience with children of all ages spans from 6 weeks old to 12 years.  Madi has taught in various settings including preschools, daycares, ski schools, and nature preservation classes!  As most Park City residents, Madi loves the outdoors; yoga, hiking, snowboarding – you name it! 

Madi is a lover of all things but her true love is for music.  For Madi, all roads lead to music; she has played the trumpet for over 10 years and on weekends Madi enjoys attending concerts whether they’re in Salt Lake or even Oregon!  We're excited she's on our TEAM!

Rachel Kunselman
Teacher - Preschool

Rachel comes to PEEK with her Bachelor’s Degree from Pennsylvania State University having majored in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and minored in Special Education.  After graduation, Rachel moved from her hometown of Philadelphia to Mesa, Arizona to become a 3rd grade teacher.  Having her certification in Pre-K, Rachel made the decision to leave Arizona to move to the mountains of Utah to pursue her career in early childhood.

Utah is the perfect place for Rachel as she loves all kinds of adventures.  Rachel spent this past summer refurbishing an old van and touring the American West exploring National Parks which eventually led her to Moab.  Rachel called Moab home for a few weeks before settling in Park City – and we’re so glad she’s here!  On weekends, you can find Rachel hiking or seeing the sights with her dog Boomer but when that famous Utah snow arrives, Rachel will be putting her snowboard to good use on the slopes! 

Alison Drasdin
Teacher & School Asst and Homework Club Lead

Alison is a recent addition to the PEEK Team!  Alison has a degree in Interior Design and Architecture from UCLA, as well as 14 years of continuing education classes in Early Childhood Development.  Alison’s professional experience includes Architectural Designer/Draftsman for high-end luxury homes, as well as being a teacher in North Carolina, New York, and California! 

Alison is a mother of three with two daughters living in California and one son living in Germany!  Alison loves to travel, loves art (keeps all of her sketchbooks), and absolutely loves to read – she reads up to 40 books a year!  Alison’s highly creative instincts and design training are integrated into her everyday routine; during Homework Club and Stay&Play, Alison loves to share her skills with her PEEK students! 

Colleen Veylupek
Teacher & School Assistant

Colleen Veylupek is the newest member of The PEEK program! She recently worked at a therapeutic boarding school where she helped young teens learn to develop problem solving skills, coping skills, and how to acclimate to new experiences. She comes from a large family with an abundance of cousins, nieces and nephews. She absolutely loves working with, and learning from, children.  College is in Colleen’s future; she plans to pursue art therapy in hopes of helping those who’ve experienced PTSD, early childhood trauma, or been diagnosed with autism. 

Colleen enjoys everything outdoors. Whether it's hiking, rafting, camping or hammocking she’s always ready for the next adventure! She loves singing, laughing, mountain exploring, movie watching, painting, and more! She’s open to learning new things, and believes there is always something new to do, learn or create.