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...

Children ages 3 through 5th grade will encounter our neighbors close by and also across the world! We will learn about the challenges and the giftedness of our neighbors, and discover how our faith helps us respond to our neighbors in need in real and meaningful ways.

VBS is FREE to all!  Pass the word.  ALL children in Manatee and Sarasota counties are welcome.  

There will be Bible stories, arts and crafts, mission project, music, snacks and more, as children are engaged in an amazing adventure.

Registration is required.  Forms are available at the church and here: http://tlcbradenton.com/uploads/pdf/VBS%202019%20reg%20form.pdf (also on the Newsletters & Forms page). Please print, complete, scan and email, fax, mail or drop at church.


Fred Klinker has joined our staff as Interning Pastor. He has studied at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA, and has arrived at Trinity for his year as an intern!  We delight that Fred and his wife, Mycah, are here to enter into the life of our faith community.

Welcome!


Are your summer weekends filled with recreation or short trips? Do you find it difficult to work worship into your schedule?

This summer we are gathering on Tuesday at 7pm for "make-up" worship. In August, we will use the Chicago Folk Service setting!

If you can't make it to one of our weekend worship services because you were having an awesome time with family and friends exploring nature, or you had to work, or just weren't able to get to church, here's a chance to keep your spirit refreshed and your heart focused on God's grace. This brief worship includes song, scripture, message and Holy Communion.

Why not invite a friend or neighbor to come along and experience our faith community with you?!!


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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