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...

All are welcome to join us in our Lenten journey.

7:30am - Spoken Liturgy, Imposition of Ashes, Holy Communion
Noon - Worship with Imposition of Ashes, Holy Communion 
7pm - Worship with Imposition of Ashes, Holy Communion, Unfailing Light Musical Liturgy by Marty Haugen and Susan Briehl

Lenten mid-week services follow on Wednesdays at Noon and 7pm though April 1st.

Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday of the seventh week before Easter and the first day of Lent. The day is named for the practice of imposing ashes, a practice that  

Wednesdays, March 4th, 11th, 18th
25th and April 1st
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.


Directory photos will be taken one day only - Friday, March 6th, 10am-4:40pm. If you were not photographed for the 2019 book or wish to have your photo re-taken, please make an appointment. Either sign up in the Narthex on weekends in February, or go online beginning February 1st at:

Each sitting receives a free 8x10 portrait and a new directory!

Please be sure we have your current address and phone number. Please stop at the sign-up table to view your listing and/or contact Shaun in the church office. You may also write current contact information on your Blue Form at worship. Thank you.

February 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, February 8th (4:45pm) and Sunday, February 9th (10am): G.I.F.T. (Generations Growing In Faith Together) - Our focus of study will be on the power of God’s love working in and through us!

Saturdays, February 1st, 22nd and 29th, 4:45pm: Faith Formation for Children

Sundays, February 2nd and 23rd, 10am: Faith Formation for all ages: Children, Confirmation Class and High School

Sunday, February 23rd, 10am: Students from Capital University, Columbus, OH, will share their stories. These young men and women will be in Bradenton, at Trinity, February 22-29, for an Alternative Spring Break. They will spend their days serving at Our Daily Bread and Beth-El Farmworker Ministry.

Soul Feast 7-week Book Study Groups continue: Thursdays - 10:30am at The VanVoorhis, 8624 28th Ave. Dr. E., Palmetto; and 2pm at The Pletchers, 515 25th St., West Bradenton, through February 20th.
Tuesdays - 7pm at church, through February 25th.


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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