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...

To see our updates for March 31st, click here.

The Order for Live Worship on Facebook Palm Sunday, April 4th-5th, is available here.

Here is the March 24th letter from Pastor Bobbie.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Our worship recorded live at 9am, Sunday, March 29th, is available here

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Our worship recorded live at 5:30pm, Saturday, March 21st, is available here

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Our worship recorded live at 11am, Sunday, March 15th, is available here

Prayer List

To access the names of those from 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

The scripture and discussion points for our Wednesday, April 1st Following Jesus Together groups, meeting via Zoom,  at Noon and at 7pm, are here.

To join one of the gatherings - for this week and all subsequent weeks:

Noon FJT Wednesday
Join URL:
Alternatively, if you are on Zoom, you can enter this as your meeting ID:
7pm FJT Wednesday
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 any of the numbers listed below. It will prompt you for the meeting ID. Enter the number [160-855-292, for Noon] [917-895-859, 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 a pound.   For ease, hit any number and then #.   [Example: 5#, 545#]

+1 253 215 8782

+1 301 715 8592

+1 312 626 6799

+1 346 248 7799

+1 646 558 8656

+1 669 900 9128

Welcome to the meeting, that is all! 

             Watch this site and our Facebook page for updates about 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. 

            We are streaming worship on Facebook Live and simultaneously recording to upload to this site for those without Facebook.  

            Pastor Bobbie and Vicar Fred and I 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 me in praying for all who are fearful and stressed in this time of health crisis, that the One who will again Rise on Easter will sustain and accompany each of us in this unprecedented Lenten Journey.

            Following Jesus with you,  Pastor Bobbie

Wednesday, April 1st - tentative due to COVID-19
Open Our Eyes, Lord, We Want to See Jesus!
Noon          Liturgy with Music
12:30pm     Following Jesus Together Study (Bring sack lunch if you wish)
5:30pm      Chancel Choir
6:15pm      Soup Supper
7pm           Unfailing Light Musical Liturgy
7:30pm      Following Jesus Together Study

Our Lenten Theme - Open Our Eyes, Lord, We Want to See Jesus! - is based on Matthew 25:31-46, the Parable of the Nations (Sheep and Goats).

We will seek to identify Christ in everyone we meet. 

Martin Luther’s definition of neighbor is “anyone who is in need.”  It is so easy for us to miss “seeing” Jesus in our neighbor!  Accompany us this Lent in a journey that indeed calls us to open our eyes - and our hearts - to all those in need, recognizing the very presence of our Lord.


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