Academy Staff

Academy Director

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Rhonda Karrer, M.Ed

Rhonda Karrer has held the position of Director since 1993. She has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to Beautiful Savior she worked with children in many different settings including an internship with Sierra Tucson focusing on family counseling. In addition to her position with Beautiful Savior, Rhonda also teaches Early Childhood Development at Pima Community College. Her education, experience and role as a mother lends to Rhonda's sensitivity to the needs of families. She believes that each child and family is unique and it is extremely important to create a strong partnership to aide in the development of a child's social, emotional and academic growth.

Preschool Teacher

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Ms Sharon

Ms Sharon has been teaching in the Little Explorers Classroom since August 2015. Every school year, she is delighted to see how much the children grow and change. The physical, social, emotional, and academic transformations are amazing to observe throughout the year! She feels it's an honor and privilege to teach our 3 year-old preschool class.

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

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Ms Rebecca

Ms Rebecca's journey with Beautiful Savior Academy started when her son attended preschool here. After seeing how wonderful all of the teachers and staff were, she was able to become part of our team. She enjoys creating a learning environment which allows children to have fun while learning. She understands the importance for children to not only grow individually, but within a community with the understanding of social awareness.

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

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Ms Mary

Mary holds an associate degree in Early Learning Childhood Development and Related Care. She also studied early childhood development at the University of Kansas Child Care program!

Before joining the staff at Beautiful Savior Academy, Mary had an in-home daycare for over 15 years. Doing in-home daycare made it possible for Mary to stay at home with her two children as they grew. Now that both are grown and on their own, Mary decided to venture back into the classroom. We welcome her as our new Pre-Kindergarten teacher!

Mary and her husband have been a part of Beautiful Savior Church for 4 years.  Both of them are both involved with various church ministries as well as charitable organizations throughout Tucson.

Mary looks forward to getting to know the children while helping them develop throughout the year!

Advanced Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

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Ms Lisa

Ms Lisa discovered Beautiful Savior Academy in 2003 when her daughter started preschool in the 3 year old classroom.  She joined the Beautiful Savior Academy teaching team in the spring of 2005. She likes the small class size, beautiful campus and the Christian environment our school has to offer.  She loves teaching the Advanced Pre-K class because it offers children one more year to grow and learn before they move on to kindergarten. We use the A Beka K4 program which provides an introduction to reading allowing for a solid foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Kindergarten Teacher

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Ms Candace

Ms Candace has been with Beautiful Savior Academy as a teacher since 2000. She taught 3 years in pre-kindergarten before moving on to kindergarten. She has a degree in Elementary Education and studied phonetic based reading in great depth. Her classroom is structured with an emphasis placed on the basic building blocks of learning.

Morning Care Teacher

Missy started at Beautiful Savior Academy in 2016. She felt immediately at home with the loving staff and families. Missy relishes the warm, friendly, family oriented atmosphere of the school and takes pride in watching the children develop in the Christian learning environments that teaches Gods love, and education. She looks forward to when her daughter can join the loving atmosphere at Beautiful Savior.

Extended Day Care Teacher

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Ms Cindy

Ms Cindy has been a preschool teacher in Oro Valley for 4 years, and before that, for 15 years in Northern California.

As your child's teacher, she will provide a safe, loving environment. She'll nurture your child's curiosity about interesting topics. She says, "Building a kind, caring, community of learners, exploring God's love, and getting to know families are my goals."

Ms Cindy looks forward to getting to know the children, growing together, and feeling the joy of seeing them bloom.

Pre-school Aide

Ms. Daniela recently joined our teaching team as a teaching assistant in our preschool classroom.  We initially realized her love of children and our program when her own children attended Beautiful Savior Academy several years ago.  Her enthusiasm in supporting her fellow teacher, engaging little learners and guiding them in their learning discoveries is infectious. 


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Pastor David

Pastor David Pavesic participates in the weekly Children's Chapel by leading the children in prayer or other activities associated with the lessons they learn like the washing of hands to symbolize Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.

Academy Team

The Academy Committee is the bridge between the Academy and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. This volunteer committee consists of BSLC members with a heart for Christian education.