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
  • Favorite color is fuchsia and craves Caribou White Chocolate Mochas

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 young children and God’s creation
Taren Scott

Taren Scott

Assistant Preschool Director

  • Seven years experience in education
  • Joined the staff in 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

Rochelle Cannon

Teacher, Preschool and Pre-K

  • 15 years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2015
  • Holds a Bachelors in Special Education and a Masters in School Leadership
  • Favorite color is purple and needs her daily serving of milk chocolate

Melissa Crieger

School Aide

  • 5+ years experience with children in school settings
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2012
  • Graduate of Mill Valley High School
  • Favorite colors are orange/black and loves playing sports

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 in Business Management and Ethics
  • Earning her Child Development Associate Credential
  • Favorite color is purple and likes to listen to K-LOVE

Kim Pasley

Teacher, Pre-K and Multi-Age

  • 15 years experience in education
  • Working at Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool since 2015
  • Holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education
  • Favorite color is red and has a sweet dog named Lily

Jane Stanton

Teacher, Full Day Pre-K

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