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Welcome to Pusch Ridge Preschool located in Oro Valley, Arizona, where little kids play with big ideas and have fun learning every day! We offer a unique, research-directed curriculum for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as special programs for school-age kids.

About Pusch Ridge Preschool

Parents and children love the warm, homey environment at Pusch Ridge Preschool. Smiling teachers and staff greet families each morning, even comforting little ones who aren’t ready to part from their mommies and daddies for the day.

Classrooms are cozy and inviting, offering colorful, appealing, and age-appropriate toys and equipment. Perhaps kids love the playground the most because the world around them is often as vivid as their burgeoning imaginations.

Our Philosophy

At Pusch Ridge Preschool, we focus on developing the whole child. Our Ascend Curriculum is designed to foster cognitive, emotional, social, and physical growth all while keeping kids having a great time every day.

What Makes Us Unique

Pusch Ridge Preschool has been preparing children for success in primary school and beyond for over 20 years. Many of our teachers and staff have been with us for more than 10 years—a fact that reflects their commitment to the education and well being of the children of Oro Valley. Since so many families opt to enroll all of their kids in our early learning center, we even offer a sibling discount to show our appreciation of their loyalty to us. With a loving and caring staff ready to embrace you and your child, we look forward to you becoming a part of our family.

Parents receive peace of mind by using Watch Me Grow, our web-based camera system. Parents also receive on-going, daily communication about their child’s day using KidReports, our web-based communication system.

More About Our School

We’re located between El Conquistador Way and Pusch View Lane in Oro Valley. Our exact address is 10361 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.

Breakfast and a hot, nutritious lunch are made on-premises by our full-time cook and served each day, along with regularly scheduled snacks.

For families taking advantage of our excellent Before and After School Program, we provide free transportation to and from neighborhood elementary schools.

Our Team

Andrea Morris

Andrea Morris


I have been working in the childcare field for over 20 years. I started my career as an Assistant Director and worked as a Lead Teacher and Special Needs Coordinator before taking the Director position. I am married have two children. I love spending time with my family and friends any chance I get.

Lindsey McWhirter

Lindsey McWhirter

Assistant Director

My name is Lindsey McWhirter. I am so glad to be part of your child’s education path. I have worked in early childhood education since 2006. I recently graduated from Pima Community College with my associate in Early Childhood Studies. On my spare time I enjoy going shopping, taking dance classes and watching reruns of I Love Lucy. I started dance when I was four years old and has been a large passion in my life. I grew up in Casa Grande, AZ and I moved to Tucson in 2008. I was a substitute teacher for the Casa Grande Elementary School District for a year and then moved to Chandler, AZ to work for preschool. I worked with the twos and threes at this center and was there for two and a half years. I then moved to Tucson and was a threes and Pre-K teacher. I started at Pusch Ridge Preschool in 2011 as the toddler teacher and became the assistant director in 2014. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.

Sara Mitchell

Sara Mitchell

Hello, my name is Sara Mitchell. I moved to Tucson from Vermont in 2010. I’ve worked with children of all ages and also have experience with special needs children. I love working with children and love to help them grow. I just recently joined the Pusch Ridge Family in March 2014, and hope to remain here for as long as I possibly can. My goal is to work in the childcare field for the rest of my life as it is what I truly love to do. Outside of work I love to watch movies, read books, and I enjoy spending as much time as I can outside of my house. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with your children, and I hope your children will enjoy spending time with me as much as I enjoy spending my time with them.

Patty Baker

Patty Baker

Hello my name is Patty Baker. I was raised in Chicago, IL. My husband and I moved here to Tucson in 1997. I have four daughters; Mary, Anna, Cathrine and Carolyn. In my spare time I play bingo and bunco with my friends! I also enjoy a good novel. I love spending time with my family and going on vacations. I enjoy going on walks with my dog, Charlie! I have been working at Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten since October of 2005 and I have been in the Early Education field for over 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with all ages in the childcare setting. I volunteer at the Northwest Hospital and Relay for Life. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I believe that children learn through play and it is very important for their growth and development.

DonnaRey Shields

DonnaRey Shields

Hello, my name is DonnaRey Shields. I am from Albuquerque, NM where I decided to pursue my career in Early Childhood Education. I worked at La Petite Academy in New Mexico, then transferred to La Petite Academy in Tucson, AZ. I received my Associates degree in applied science of early childhood education. I believe it’s a great honor to work and teach children. My free time is spent visiting my parents and family when I get a chance to go back to New Mexico. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, watching football, or going to the movies. Another activity I enjoy doing in my spare time is spending time with my dog and taking him to the park.



Hi my name is Debbie. I was born in Arkansas but moved to Tucson as a baby and was raised here. I am married to my wonderful husband and he is from Pennsylvania and has lived in Arizona since 1990. We have six children and 14 grandchildren and growing. I love to be able to visit all of my family that are in Arizona and out of state. I have worked with children since 1993, I have been a teacher/classroom supervisor at a private Christian school and more recently in childcare/preschool facilities. I have taken several classes in early childhood development and teaching. I am always willing to learn about new methods to improve teaching young children. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn new exciting things. I especially like to design classroom projects to inspire learning while having fun in the process. I look forward to providing a wonderful learning environment for your child.


NAEYC Accreditation

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning experiences. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, schools must go through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program meets each of the ten program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs are always prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years. In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally achieve this recognition.

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 166 Reviews
Heather Opsahl • Facebook
May 27, 2021
I had worked at Pusch Ridge for 3 years and enjoyed my time there. I just recently came back and am excited to start my new position!
Zak Hayden • Google
May 26, 2021
My wife and I made the best decision entrusting Pusch Ridge Preschool with the care of our son Jayce. When we started he was extremely shy and only wished to be around mom and dad. After just a month, the change you could see was amazing! He's super sociable and when he wasn't at the preschool all he could talk about were his teachers, classmates, and wanting to go back. They did an amazing job helping him not only develop but showing him love and great care. We would give 100 stars if we could and are sad we had to move away.
Cindy Martinez • Facebook
April 01, 2021
Love attending pusch ridge even during these Covid times. We love the communication between us n teacher Ms. Savahanna Staff and management are friendly and make us feel welcomed whenever we are there!
Sydney Hilst • Google
March 17, 2021
Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten is a fun-loving school with teachers who give the best quality of care. The teachers do many fun projects and activities to strengthen the children's creative, physical, social and emotional skills! All the workers at Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten are very friendly and welcoming to all their families. Overall Pusch Ridge Preschool and Kindergarten is a great place to send your little ones!

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