Preschool Staff

JoAnn Emerson

Preschool Director

  • 20 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
Taren Scott

Taren Scott

Assistant to the Preschool Director

  • Over nine years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity since 2016
  • Holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in English
  • Favorite color is green and is an accomplished studio potter

Michelle McAleer

Teacher, Preschool

  • 15+ years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2010
  • Holds a Bachelors in Human Development
  • Favorite color is everything BUT purple and is a vegetarian (hold the onions)

Jerri Newman

Teacher, Preschool and Extended Day

  • 5+ 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

Kim Pasley

Teacher, Pre-K 

  • 20 years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2015
  • Holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education
  • Loves chocolate, the color red, and has two dogs named Lily and Lionel 

Jane Stanton

Teacher, Pre-K

  • Over 10 years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2015
  • Holds a degree from South Dakota State University
  • Holds a Child Development Associate credential
  • Favorite color is green and loves Arnold Palmer (the beverage!)

Stephanie 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

Abby Summerskill

Teacher, 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

Kara Thomas

Teacher, Preschool

  • 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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