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.

Cory Kunkel, 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.

Alyssa Cosby, Teacher of 3  Olds


Kim Monroe, VPK Lead Teacher


Hi. I am so excited to be teaching VPK here at Tree of Life. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching preschool for 30 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!

Kristina Felipe, Floater  



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Annual Thanksgiving Baskets   Goal: $2325
We provide 105 baskets for families served by Big Brothers Big Sisters, Pace Center for Girls and Parenting Matters. 

Migrant Farmworkers’ Hats   Goal: $1524 to buy 144 hats and 500 bandanas, for the Migrant workers supported by Beth-El Migrant Farmworker Ministry.

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The ground breaking for Manatee County's 2021 Habitat Interfaith Build will take place soon!   Following that, there will be opportunities to take part in the actual build. 
     Meanwhile, our goal to support this Build is $3,000.  AND We also have three “ICF” blocks in our Narthex for you to sign to show your support of this Build and the family who will buy this new home. 

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