Preschool Staff

Shawna Clark, Director

Hi, I'm Shawna Clark and 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.

After graduating from Bayshore High I knew I wanted to work with young children. I attended Tallahassee Community College online, as I have 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. 

Jessica Smith, Infant Teacher


Shelby Dalton, Teacher of 1 Year Olds


Lisa Brandt, Teacher of 2 Year Olds  
Juliana Soto, Teacher of 3 Year Olds



Heather Scheible, VPK Lead Teacher

Hi, I'm Heather Scheible. I've been on staff since 1990. I'm originally from Ohio and moved to Bradenton in 1986. I graduated from the South College of Florida with my associates degree.

Something that people might not know is that people say my mother and I look, act, and sound alike. It used to drive me nuts. Now I love hearing that! In my spare time I love to read and usually have at least three books going at the same time.

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

Barbara Ellis, VPK Assisting Teacher Hi, I'm Barbara Ellis. At one time or another, I've taught every age group at Tree of Life except VPK. I began here in 1996, retired from fulltime teaching in June of 2013, and have returned to enjoy teaching our children again!

I'm originally from Par Ridge, New Jersey. After graduating high school I worked as a secretary for five years, then raised my family. From 1971-1996 I was as an Assistant Teacher working with Special Needs children, also teaching basic skills from grades Pre-K to sixth grade. During that time I enjoyed volunteering for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, schools and parenting groups, and the Elks and Womens' clubs.

In my free time I love to cook, help out with Vacation Bible School at Trinity, and work with children of all ages. Working at Tree of Life is wonderful. I love the children and everyone here at the preschool, as well as everyone in Trinity's family.

Veronika Czutor, Volunteer  



What's Happening at Trinity...
Excitement is building for Maker Fun Factory, where kids learn that they are created by God and built for a purpose! Join us. It's FREE!

Sunday mornings, 10am    

Each Sunday morning people of all ages gather as a cross generational family of faith to learn and share. Our time together includes scripture, songs, Faith 5 sharing, and new activities. Invite friends and family to have their hearts filled and their joy charged up too.  Check out this short clip about GIFT!


Zumba resumes Thursday, August 3rd, 6pm!

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