Tonya joined Divine Shepherd in 2005 as director of Little Lamb Preschool after serving as a teacher in three Lutheran elementary schools previously. The awe and wonder of preschool-age children as they learn about God’s love for them “melts my heart and helps me to know my Savior and Shepherd even better every day,” she said. Tonya loves singing, playing and learning with the little ones entrusted to her care. “Teaching the children and seeing their eyes light up as we do favorite activities together or as they hear a story for the first time are highlights of my day.” Tonya earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Concordia University Nebraska, She and her husband, Doug, have three sons. She enjoys attending sporting events, concerts and her children’s activities, as well as spending time with her immediate and extended family.