Faculty / Staff Biographies
Administrator, Head of Fine Arts Program and Foreign Language
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.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 has been a successful middle school teacher for nearly sixteen years and also has experience teaching on the elementary and collegiate levels. He is currently working on a Master of Divinity degree through The King's University. 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 Fabulous Full-time Teaching Staff:
Mrs. Emunah Johnson, Elementary, K-5
Mrs. Johnson has over 20 years of
experience teaching VPK and
Ms. Robin Schroedel, English, Director of Special Programs
Ms. Schroedel holds a Bachelor of Science in
Exceptional Child Education
with an emphasis in
Emotional Disturbance from the University of Central Florida.
She has over 20 years of experience teaching
and recently retired from administrating a
private school in Jacksonville, Florida.
Miss Catherine Lessard, Math and Science, IT Specialist
Miss Lessard holds an A.A. degree
from Tallahassee Community College
and is a full time student at FSU majoring in
Our Amazing Part-time Staff:
Mrs. Rosemary Baxter, Art, Aftercare
Mrs. Hilda Ibarra, Full-time Substitute Teacher