Phone: 520-696-5288


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.E. in Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities from The University of Arizona

Ms. Kari Tarter

Hello all! My name is Kari Tarter and after working as an aide and student teacher at Rio Vista for the last 3 years, I am thrilled to finally have a classroom of my own. I am originally from the Northern Rockies, with most of my family scattered around the Idaho and Montana area. Due to my father's military career, I spent the better part of my childhood living overseas in Southeast Asia and attending international schools. 

Defining Moment in Education

I fondly remember my  first grade teachering going out of her way to show me that I was not just another student on a roster, but a child she genuinely cared about. I brought this nature of authentic caring into my later work as an early childhood education teacher and nanny for children with disabilities. While I dabbled with several different majors in my first few years of college, I always felt that childcare and teaching are where I was the most useful to my community. My initial observation hours in a special education setting at Rio Vista made it clear that the classroom was the place for me!

Core Educational Beliefs

I believe that education should focus on the whole child, not just on the content or teacher's expectations; social and emotional learning plays a large role in my teaching style. Childen need to feel that that their teacher truly cares for their wellbeing and future in order to succeed academically. I strive to build content that meets common core standards, but is also based around students' interests, individual needs, and questions from their own experiences. 

Prior Experience

I have worked for Amphitheater schools as a volunteer or support staff since 2017. I am currently enrolled in my final year of graduate school at The University of Arizona in order to obtain my Master's degree in Special Education: Severe and Multiple Disabilities. 

Professional Accomplishments

Bachelor of Science in Special Education: Mild Moderate Disabilities

Honors: summa cum laude