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.

Jackie Pohl - since 2014
Assistant Director

Jackie comes from ‘the land down under’ and has been in Park City since 1997. She came to Utah to experience the ‘best snow on earth’ as a snowboard instructor and fell in love with the town, the people and her husband. Jackie is a Level III A.A.S.I. Snowboard Instructor and Clinic Leader, specializing in children, and has bought her passion for teaching on the mountain to teaching and being around children in our classrooms. Jackie has held several management positions in five star spas around Park City and has a degree in Business Management. She has a strong passion for snowboarding and triathlons and hopes to cross an Ironman off her bucket list soon. Jackie also enjoys time with her family in the outdoors and tries to get back to Australia as often as possible.  If you want to see her smile...ask about her puppy Thor.

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.

Jenna Byler - since 2014
Lead Teacher - Pre-Kindergarten PROMOTION 2017

Jenna joined the PEEK teaching team mid-summer 2014. Jenna has a Cosmetology License from TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy. Jenna was a church group youth leader for six years and has been on several church sponsored mission trips working with children. She has spent time in Haiti as a nanny and worked in a kindergarten for six months during her time there. Jenna is married with two daughters, is expecting a new baby in January and enjoys playing guitar, singing, hiking and being outdoors spending time with her children. She loves her PEEK family and is excited to help the children learn and grow.

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.

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 January 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.

Sarah Strong
Teacher & School Asst and Homework Club Lead

Sarah graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse to study Exercise Sport Science.  Sarah has travelled extensively and held multiple positions to include the Sports Director on the Blackfeet Native American Reservation and as a Community Health Trainee with the Peace Corps in Tanzania during which time she learned the culture and how to speak Swahhili.  Sarah brings to PEEK a passion to give back, a listening ear, cultural knowledge, childlike joy and a sense of humor.  Her goal in life is to spread kindness through human connection.

Richie Craddock
Teacher & School Asst 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.