Peter Pickett comes to the Gardner School with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Originally from Salem, Peter enjoyed being involved in every aspect of sports and outdoor activities. Growing up, he played soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball and continued to play soccer and baseball into college. He began teaching sports to young kids and directed youth programs for the city until he went to school to be an educator.
Peter received a Bachelors degree from Oklahoma Christian University with endorsements in early childhood and elementary education. While working on his degree, Peter worked with inner city youth in northeast Portland as well as spent his summers working as a sports instructor and counselor at Camp Laurel in Maine. Prior to teaching at Gardner, Peter worked with E.L.L. students at Sunset Elementary.
Peter has served as the regional training director and coach for the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns, and Seattle Sounders youth organizations. He also was privileged to work as a coach for the United States Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program where he worked with the top players in the state of Oregon who have aspirations of making the US National team.
Peter believes that physical education should be taught by allowing the students to foster a love for an active and healthy lifestyle. This includes an immersive and dynamic curriculum where students are excited and engaged. “We have a unique ability here at the Gardner School to immerse students in nature and activities so that they are gaining a passion to be active while developing exponentially in comparison to traditional P.E. programs. In our program we strive to empower the students to think and reason on their own as well as how to collaborate with others in fast paced and exciting situations so that they are better prepared for the road ahead.”
Peter lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife Amanda and two daughters, Lyla and Eva.