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


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


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...

May 26th Updates are here - including June birthdays and Anniversarires! The Order for Worship for Pentecost Saturday, May 30th, Facebook Live, is here.  The Order for Worship for the YouTube recorded worship for Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, is here.  The video link will be posted in the news article below when it is finished and ready to post.  Vicar Fred's message for last weekend, May 23-24, is here.

May 19th Updates are here.  The Order for Worship for Sunday, May 24th, is here.  Pastor Bobbie's message for last weekend, May 16-17 is here.  The Order for Worship for Saturday, May 23rd, 5:30pm, Facebook Live is here.

Sunday May 31, 2020
Our Tradtional Worship for Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, is available here.
Sunday May 24, 2020
Our Traditional Worship for the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 24th, is available here.
Sunday May 17, 2020

Our Tradtional Worship for the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 17th, is available here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Our Traditional Worship for the 5th Sunday of Easter, May 10th, is available here.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Our Traditional Worship for the 4th Sunday of Easter, May 3rd, is available here.

Prayer List updated 5/26/20

To access the names of those for whom we received prayer requests, use this link.

To add names to this list, please contact the church office at 941-747-3081 or email

Virtual Coffee Hour, Sundays, 10-10:50am.  The Meeting ID is 862 4517 8441. The link to Zoom is:  
      To call in: US Toll Free - 888-475-4499 and 877-853-5257. You’ll need to know the Meeting ID: 862 4517 8441.

Coffee Hour GIFT: Generations Growing In Faith Together "placemat" for Pentecost, this Sunday, May 31st, 10am, is here.

Following Jesus Together via Zoom: Tuesdays at 2pm and 7pm.
The reading for Tuesday, June 2nd, FJT meetings on Zoom are Matthew 28:16-20. The scripture and discussion questions are availalble here. Please join Vicar Fred at one of these sessions!

The readings for Tuesday, May 26th, FJT meetings on Zoom are Acts 2:1-21 and John 7:37-39. The scriptures and discussion questions are available here for Pentecost weekend!  Please join Pastor Jim Dugan and Vicar Fred at one of the sessions!

The readings for Tuesday, May 19th, FJT meetings are Acts 1:6-14 and John 17:1-11.  The scriptures and discussion questions are available here for the Seventh weekend of Easter. Please join Vicar Fred at one of the sessions!

Here are the Zoom URL and meeting IDs to join one of the FJT studies!

2pm FJT Tuesday
Join URL:
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:

7pm FJT Tuesday
Join URL:
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:

If you would prefer to call in on your phone (you will not be able to see everyone) you can call either of the TOLL FREE numbers listed below. It will prompt you for the meeting ID. Enter the number [880-0822-9087, for 2pm] [862-7278-1061, for 7pm] (you do not need to enter the dashes, they are only there to break up the numbers) and then hit the pound key (#).

It will ask you for your identity followed by the pound key again.   For ease, hit any number and then #.   [Example: 5#, 545#]

+1 888-475-4499

+1 877-853-5257

Welcome to the meeting, that is all! 

Watch this site and our Facebook page for updates about virtual worship and activities that are now suspended due to our current COVID-19 health crisis. We are aware that this virus has a long incubation period, and each of us could have it without even being aware and inadvertently share illness with a brother or sister in Christ. Therefore we are not willing that any person be placed in that position through our community of faith. 
            Pastor Bobbie and Vicar Fred remain available for phone calls, prayers and visits.  You can reach Pastor Bobbie at 941-243-9473 and Vicar Fred at 941-301-0691.
            Join with us in praying for all who are fearful and stressed in this time of health crisis, that the One who rose again on Easter will sustain and accompany each of us in this unprecedented journey.

Once we are able to once again gather as a faith community, Zumba - free to anyone and everyone - will resume.

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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