BA University of Virginia
MS National University Educational Counseling
CPS Credential
Pupil Personnel Service Credential
Colloquy Concordia University Irvine

Kara Warner is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Psychology. She attended the University of Virginia on a full athletic scholarship in volleyball.

After graduating and returning to California, she began volunteering in Grace Lutheran’s Jr. and Senior High youth programs. Through her experiences there she discovered her desire to work with students, especially those who struggle academically and behaviorally.

Kara attended graduate school at National University earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services credential. She completed her counseling internship at San Pasqual High School. She has also completed nine additional graduate level courses in school psychology at National University and earned her colloquy from Concordia University.

In 1998, Kara was hired full-time by Grace Lutheran Church & Schools to begin a school counseling program-the first of its kind in the Pacific Southwest District. This program, now called “Outside the Box Ministry”, provides individual counseling services, tutoring services, an after school Homework Club, the Student Study Team intervention process, as well as other support for teachers and parents working with at-risk students. Her favorite time of the school day is spending lunch recess on the playground working with students on conflict mediation and relationship skills. Kara also serves on the LCMS Pacific Southwest District Testing Committee and has been a presenter at the regional Lutheran Educators Conference.

Kara lives in northern Escondido and enjoys spending time with family and friends, biking, golfing, summers at Lake Tahoe and rooting for the San Diego Chargers.