Preschool Staff

Shawna Clark, Director

Hi.  I have been working in Early Childhood Education since 2000. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Tallahassee Community College. I like assisting families and working with everyone who is part of Trinity Lutheran Church and Tree of Life Preschool.

When I was graduated from Bayshore High, I knew I wanted to work with young children. I attended Tallahassee Community College online because I had two children at home. Before becoming a Preschool Director, my favorite age to teach was one year olds. There is something special about that age that brings joy into my career.

I enjoy reading when I have time. My all-time favorite thing to do with my free time is to spend it with my family. 

Please come see me and visit Tree of Life if you are seeking a great Christian preschool for your infant through VPK children.

Jessica Garcia, Infant Teacher

Hi!

Although I was born in Hot Springs, AR, I was raised in Bradenton. I have an Early Childhood Development Associates Degree.

I'm very adventurous and enjoy trying new things.

What I like best about being in child care is being able to watch our children grow and achieve many milestones. Their smiles always remind me why I love my job as a teacher.

Jessica Smith, Teacher of 1 Year Olds

 

Lisa Brandt, Teacher of 2 Year Olds

Hello!

I'm Lisa!  I am mother to two amazing children and another one soon!

I have an Early Childhood Development Certificate. I began to work at Tree of Life in September, 2016, and I love it!  The two year olds are my passion. We have lots of fun on a daily basis. I try to help parents potty train their child, once she or he joins my classroom. My focus is to teach all of them the 10 Christian values every child should know.

I look forward to working with you and your child.

Kim Monroe, Teacher of 3 and 4 Year Olds

Hi. I am so excited to be teaching the 3's and 4's here at Tree of Life. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching preschool for 29 years. I've worked with all ages.

I am married. Shawn and I have a son and a daughter. Tim graduated college in 2019, and Amber is in college. We have lived in Bradenton and attended Trinity Lutheran Church for many years.

I love to have fun with my class. I'm always keeping them busy - whether it's with art, music, science, or, my favorite - circle and storytime! 

Thank you to the Trinity folks who come to read to our classes. The students really enjoy the attention!

Heather Scheible, VPK Lead Teacher

Hi, I'm Heather Scheible. I've been on staff since we opened in 1990. I'm from Ohio and moved to Bradenton in 1986. I graduated from the South College of Florida with my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.

What you might not know is that people say my mother and I look, act, and sound alike. When I was younger, that would drive me nuts. Now I love hearing that! In my spare time I enjoy reading and taking childcare classes. I teach VPK and it seems each year there are changes to rules and ideas. Classes offer new or alternative ways to teach. I think it is important for me and the children to keep learning so I can make it fun for them.  

I also strive to get to know my students' families. Being comfortable with the parents / guardians is important to help each child grow and learn to get them ready for "big school." 

I love the atmosphere of a smaller preschool with a Christian focus. Trinity's members are a warm and loving group of people!


       

 

What's Happening at Trinity...

January Faith Formation at TLC

Find your place to nurture and grow in faith, as well as the ways you will help others in their faith journey. We have a place for everyone of any age to learn, mentor and grow!  Sign up for classes on a Blue Form, please. Watch the weekly calendar for dates for special activities this month!

Sundays at 9am: Gonzalo’s Class for adults studies scripture and other faith-related topics

Saturday, January 11th (4:45pm) and Sunday, January 12th (10am):
G.I.F.T. (Generations Growing In Faith Together) - Our focus of study will be on God’s presence in our midst in the  season of Epiphany.

Saturdays, January 18th and 25th, 4:45pm: Faith Formation for Children

Sundays, January 19th and 26th, 10am: Faith Formation for all ages: Children; Confirmation Class (Middle School); High School

Soul Feast 7-week Book Study Groups:
Thursdays beginning January 9th:
10:30am at The VanVoorhis' home
2pm at The Pletcher's home
Sundays beginning January 12th: 4pm at church or at a host home (to be determined)
Tuesdays beginning January 14th: 7pm at church

 


Bring your family and friends to enjoy fitness and fellowship every Thursday, 6pm!

Certified Zumba instructor-extraordinare, Gonzalo, makes this class great fun.  Everyone is welcome to join in!


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