“Stepping Stone School is a child-centered school that builds curiosity and an excitement for learning. The teachers and staff provide a variety of learning experiences throughout the day, all matched to the developmental level of each child. The curriculum is excellence plus. It is more than a set of activities. It is a well-thought-out plan to nurture and develop all areas of the child: cognitive, physical, social, and emotional. Children leave Stepping Stone School ready to be successful in any formal educational setting.”

– Joyce Juntune, Ph.D. – Advisory Board member


Nationally Recognized. Family Focused.

The best organizations – the ones that really shine– are led by people who are interested, involved and invested in every facet. Most importantly, they are the ones who set the standards that others follow.

The Pavers are setting those standards as leaders in Early Care and Education. Rhonda, Bill and their adult children take an active role in the day-to-day operations of Stepping Stone School.

A Culture of Stability

Rhonda’s guidance is best reflected in the culture of stability she and her professional staff create for Stepping Stone School teachers, parents and children. It is a culture where great ideas are respected and rewarded. Happy, engaged teachers shepherd and lead engaged children.

Stepping Stone School team members receive support through our Platinum Leadership Education™ program which includes:

  • Comprehensive in-house orientation and training, custom-designed by our own team of early education and care experts.
  • Extensive information, input and insights related to classroom curriculum.
  • Ongoing opportunities for continuing education – including scholarships, trainings, local, state, and national conferences.

Rhonda Paver, M.A., Child Development

Founder, Owner & Executive Director

Lisa Kretzer

Regional Director / Vice President

Mary Paver, B.A.

Chief Culture Officer & Site Supervisor

Susan Brunk, M.Ed.

Associate Curriculum Director

Andrea Breen, M.S.

Quality Assurance / Community Relations

Tyson Wrinkle, B.A.

School Age Director / Associate Vice President

Emily Rowe

Education and Culture Superintendent

Acasha King, B.A.

Associate Vice President

Brandy Nagel

HR / Associate Vice President

Jeanette Gonzalez

Principal / Associate Vice President / Area Supervisor