Faculty / Staff Biographies
Mrs. Lessard holds a Bachelor of Music from Old Dominion University with a minor in Art and Aesthetics and a Master of Art in Music from Florida State University.
Mrs. Lessard is a professional singer, having sung with the Virginia Opera for three seasons as a chorister and lead role understudy. Mrs. Lessard had the honor to coach with the world renowned composer Thomas Pasatieri and be the first to premiere a staged version of his song cycle Letter to Warsaw. She has studied operatic roles abroad in Italy and has performed lead roles with FSU's opera program while pursuing her Master's Degree. Mrs. Lessard has studied Italian, French, German, and Hebrew in college and sings in nine different languages including Latin, Russian, and Czech. Mrs. Lessard was also a licensed Kindermusik educator for six years and taught classes at the ODU Community Music Academy in Norfolk, Virginia and The Music Staff in Chesapeake, Virginia while pursuing her bachelor's degree.
Mrs. Lessard has taught in the private school sector at Heritage Academy and Myles Preparatory School before pursuing the opening of Tree of Life Tallahassee. She has taught Elementary Music, Middle and High School Choir, Music History, and Music Theory. Her music ensembles have performed Christmas and Easter Cantatas as well as traditional classical music in Latin, German, and Hebrew. Her elementary music students have written musical compositions and played the handbells as well as the soprano recorder. Mrs. Lessard is a versatile educator who has also taught 2-D Studio Art, U.S. and World History, K-5 Mathematics to ESE students with Autism, Consumer Math, Home Economics, and High School English. She LOVES working with ESE students and strives for student mastery in her teaching all while fostering an environment of FUN!
Rabbi Joshua Lessard
Director of the Board, Tree of Life Tallahassee
Rabbi Joshua Lessard is an experienced educator, musician, and congregational leader. He is a certified teacher in the state of Florida, holds a bachelor's and master's degree in music, and is fully ordained through the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues. He will finish his second Master's Degree in Theology from The King's University in the summer of 2021. He has been a successful middle school teacher for nearly twenty years and also has experience teaching on the elementary and collegiate levels. He believes in the vital importance of a God-centered education, delivered through patient and structured instruction, to help students attain academic, relational, and spiritual success.
Our HIGHLY Qualified Full-time Teaching Staff:
Mrs. Emunah Johnson, Elementary, K-5
Mrs. Emunah Johnson has over 20 years of
experience teaching VPK and
Ms. Natasha Sarjeant, English, Director of Special Programs
Ms. Sarjeant holds a Master's Degree from FSU in English with an emphasis on English as a second language. She is a Florida certified teacher and has Florida reading and ESE endorsements.
Dr. Sharon Careccia, Math and Science, Assistant Principal
Dr. Careccia holds an A.A. in Art, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Master of Science in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics. Dr. Careccia has years of teaching experience and has spent the last 9 years as a Senior Lecturer at Georgia College and State University.
Our Amazing Part-time Staff:
Mrs. Sarah Fackler, Health, Middle School Science, Music
Mrs. Rosemary Baxter, Visual Art
Miss Simone Smith, Social Bridges, Aftercare
Mr. Jason Maymon, Aftercare