Casey Schmidt Owner/Director/Teacher
I was raised in sunny Petaluma. My parents and most of my family still reside here today. Our family is very involved within the community, some own businesses, while others are also in the field of education.
Even before graduating from high school I recognized my passion to work with children through employment at a local preschool. I went on to further my education in Early Childhood Development in which I hold an AA. Shortly after I attended Sacramento State in which I majored in Liberal Studies.
I continued my career at another renowned preschool in Penngrove, where I was Head Pre-Kindergarten teacher. My every day encounters with the children and assisting the Director lead me to envision having my own preschool.
Today I proudly own Petaluma Village Preschool. I am in the classroom everyday applying and implementing all the wonderful concepts I have learned. Together with an amazing staff and astounding parents, we are able to continue to make Petaluma Village a magnificent, nurturing and thriving school for all children. My greatest reward is the smile on a child’s face.
Hello, my name is Kari Peepe. I was raised in Davis, CA and began my college education in Sacramento. In 2002 I moved to Sonoma County where I furthered my education in Early Childhood Education and got my first job teaching in a preschool.
Since I can remember, I've always loved interacting with children. Recognizing early my adoration for working with children; I began babysitting in junior high. By the time I graduated from high school I was working as an aide in my first preschool.
My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2007. In 2008 we welcomed our daughter, Scarlett, into our family. And in 2012 we welcomed our son Walker. I've got over 20 years experience working in a variety of preschools, after school programs and mommy-and-me classes. We enjoy spending time with our family and friends, being outdoors, and traveling. While staying at home with my daughter, I started a mommy-and-me "Discovery Time" at the Rohnert Park Community Center where I continue to teach 3 classes per week.
Hello my name is Kimberly Grayson. I have been teaching children in family daycare and preschool environments for over 15 years. With three children of my own, working with children is a true passion of mine.
I graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, emphasis upon psychology, government and sociology. I received my Associative Teacher Certificate at Santa Rosa Junior College. I have also attended a series of Early Childhood workshops and look forward to participating in more.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my husband, gardening, reading a good book and cooking exciting new dishes for my family and friends. My children and their various school/sporting activities are also a large part of my life. I truly love being a part of a child’s growth and development. Watching and participating in this important stage in their lives is both an honor and privilege that I cherish in my teaching experiences.
I have been a resident of Penngrove for more then 35 years. I graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York and moved to California as a young adult. When my sons began attending preschool, I volunteered to introduce the students to Spanish. Shortly thereafter, I was given the opportunity to create a foreign language program at the school. When they began elementary school, I had an additional opportunity to introduce a new school community to Spanish. During this time I created school events celebrating diversity and assembled a collection of over 400 books of Spanish/English literature. I wanted to expose my children and other children to the language and culture that I had inherited from my Puerto Rican parents. Twenty years later, I have begun a new chapter in my life. I returned to school and earned 12 ECE units. I have a great interest in literature which I enjoy sharing. I also have a passion for teaching and a love of children.
I earned my masters in Museum Studies in 2015 and worked at the Children's Museum of Sonoma County for 2 1/2 years as an outreach assistant. I am currently working to earn my Preschool Teachers certificate at the Santa Rosa Junior College and hope to be an occupational therepist one day. I like playing the ukulele, and running 5Ks with my husband.
Hello my name is Hailey Grady. I was raised in Petaluma, CA. I am a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College where I am continuing my education. I have always loved working with kids of all ages. I have nanny all through high school and worked at my first preschool in 2015 in Marin. I have been here at PVP for a year and a half now and absolutely enjoy it here.
Hello, my name is Polly Vang. I have worked with kids since I was a teenager. I've known I always wanted to work with kids. I love the way kids are so creative and imaginative. They can create so many different games with having very little to work with. I love that kids learn quickly and can be very accepting of others. I know with the right environment kids can thrive and it is one of the many reasons why I am so excited to be part of the Petaluma Village team.
Hello my name is Anna Rossi! I was raised in beautiful South Lake Tahoe where my career in education began. I now live here in Petaluma with my husband and I am so excited to be a member of the Petaluma Village. I have my MAT from the University of Southern California and I am in the process of completing both my Multiple Subject Credential and Child Development Teacher Permit. I have chosen to become a teacher because I find joy in watching children have those “Ah-ha!” moments when they make astounding discoveries and I want to help lay solid academic foundations for bright futures. I bring with me a passion for outdoor education and music appreciation, although I am not a musician.
I have been given many teaching opportunities since junior high school. First, as a preschool aide in my mother’s private preschool then teaching dance to preschoolers and elementary students, at the dance studio that I studied at. In junior college, I was offered opportunities to choreograph small dance numbers in school musicals and to tutor. I soon found myself teaching adult patients rehabilitation techniques and lead aquatic therapy classes. During my undergrad, I continued to teach and tutor both children and adults and I have also was a long term nanny for a couple families. It was not until my final semester of undergrad at San Francisco State University that I committed to a life-long career in education rather than health and fitness. Post undergrad, I taught at St. Joseph of Cupertino Catholic School (SJC) for two and a half years in many capacities, in the preschool and through the sixth grade. After moving to the North Bay I taught as a 5th grade teacher in Santa Rosa.
When I’m not lesson planning, I am out exploring the world with my husband and my mom. I love traveling, hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, gardening, cooking, singing, and dancing! All of my experiences have taught me that it takes a strong and collaborative community that is willing to be innovative to provide successful learning environments. I believe that my interactions with the families and instructors at the various schools have provided opportunities for me to further enhance my teaching skills and techniques in preparation to be the best educator of today’s youth that I can be.
Parent Advisory Council
The Parent Advisory Council is comprised of a dedicated and talented group of core parents who meet monthly to collaborate on a variety of issues and projects, such as fundraising, volunteer efforts, field trips, and curriculum. All parents are welcome. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing contribution to the school and recognize it as critical to our success.
The school maintains a three hour minimum parent contribution each month. We strongly believe that parent involvement is a critical component of the Reggio Emilia approach.
Our parents are a vital part of successful school operations. Parents volunteer in a variety of capacities from gardening, assisting in the classroom, maintenance projects, project preparation, and much more. We are very fortunate to have such a vibrant and involved parent community. We also are blessed to have a number of educators in our parent community that actively contribute to the program.