Preschool Staff

Jo Ann Emerson

Preschool Director

  • 25+ years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2010
  • Holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • A perfect day is coffee in one hand, a book in the other, and her dog, Sweety, by her side

Pastor Phil Cook

Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, Shawnee Campus

  • Leads worship on Sundays and for preschool worship times
  • Greets students at the door and is a daily presence in the life of the preschool
  • Holds a Master of Divinity Degree
  • Enjoys his three growing children and God’s creation

Lynsie Ayers

Office Assistant

  • Life Kids Coach and former bank manager
  • Experienced Trinity Lutheran Preschool parent and now an employee!
  • Mother to one sweet girl and two loving dogs
  • You won’t catch Lynsie without unsweet tea in her hand.

Andrea Beecher

Teacher, Pre-K and Extended Day

  • First year teaching at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Iowa State University
  • Blessed mom of two children
  • Favorite color is hot pink and loves to travel

Jerri Newman

Teacher, Preschool and Extended Day

  • 10+ years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2015
  • Holds a bachelors degree from Manhattan Christian College
  • Holds her Child Development Associate Credential
  • Favorite color is blue, blessed mom of three, and loves to listen to K-LOVE

Stephenie Summa

Preschool Aide

  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2019
  • Attended Washburn University
  • Twin mom with three active daughters
  • Favorite color is navy blue and is a huge KU Jayhawks fan
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Abby Summerskill

Teacher, Preschool and Pre-K 

  • Over 10 years experience in education
  • Holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Elementary Policy Study
  • Favorite color is purple and loves being  mom of two
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Kara Thomas

Teacher, Preschool and Pre-K

  • 15+ experience working in Early Childhood Education

  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2020 and before moving from 2011-2014

  • Holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education

  • Favorite color is blue and is always reading a novel or two

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