Early Childhood and Daycare Staff


Mrs. Tory Parrish

Early Childhood Program Director

Mrs. Tory Parrish grew up in Berrien Springs, MI.  She graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She started at Trinity Lutheran School in 2013 as the Preschool Director/Teacher.  She previously worked at Trinity Lutheran in St. Joseph, MI, as the Early Childhood Center Director.   Tory and her husband Lance have a daughter, Brooklyn and a son, Lincoln. They enjoy camping, family movie nights and traveling.



Mrs. Susan Parlak

GSRP Director

Mrs. Parlak is from Port Huron, Michigan and has called Berrien County her home since 2009. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She is passionate about working with young children and supporting their families in their journey towards school success. Mrs. Parlak and her husband, Oz, have one son, named Aiden. They enjoy traveling together and are always looking for fun places to go with their dog, Mindi. 





Monica Perkins

Daycare Director

Mrs. Monica Perkins grew up in Coloma, MI.  She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She started working at Trinity Lutheran School in 2022 as the Daycare Director. Monica and her husband Josh have 3 boys, Grayson, Emmett and Archie. They enjoy camping, boating and cooking family meals together.




Mr. Mike Shembarger

Daycare Supervisor

Mr. Shembarger was raised in Berrien Springs and graduated from Berrien Springs High School.  He received his Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Andrew's University.  He later earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Administration from Western Michigan University.  He served as the elementary principal at Mars Elementary in Berrien Springs for 22 years which also included a four year period as principal of Sylvester Elementary.  He is married to his wife Sarah and has seven grandchildren.



Support Staff

Mrs. Megan Jenks

Trinity Lutheran Office Manager