As a staff, we thank you for entrusting your children to us, and we want you to know without any doubt that we take that privilege seriously. We consider it an honor and a blessing from God, and we are excited to have your family as part of Little LIFE Academy.

The desire of our hearts is to serve the Lord through serving the children and families of LLA, and we strive to do so with the utmost excellence. Please do not ever hesitate to let us know how we may support and pray for your family.

In anticipation of a wonderful year together,

Little Life Academy



Shannon Von Kaenel (Director):

Ms. Shannon Von Kaenel is the preschool Director and believes in servant leadership.  She has a BA in Children’s Ministries and an MA in Educational Leadership.  She has over 20 years of experience as a preschool director and educational leader.  Shannon is from California but has lived in NC since 2006. She has 4 children (ages 17, 18, 23 & 24) and lives in Matthews.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, shopping, exercise, road trips and spending time with her family.  One of her favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Abby Wozniak (Assistant Director):

Ms. Abby is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but currently resides in Cornelius.  Her background is rich in child care experience and training.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Over the years she has had the joy of pouring into the lives of children and youth as she has taught Transitional Kindergarten for 4 years, directed an Early Childhood Center for 2.5 years, and was on staff at her home church as a Student Ministries Assistant, as well as a Children’s Ministry Director.   Abby loves the outdoors and greatly enjoys God’s creation.  She loves traveling and college football and spending time with family and friends, especially her two adorable nephews.  She is committed to growing in the knowledge of Christ; a verse of Scripture that Abby treasures is Ephesians 2:8 which says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”  

2-year-old Team

Chris Christine / Donna Morton / Theresa Bennett
Michelle Austin / Michelle Pace

3-year-old Team

Lisa Moore / Kindall Shifley /Jocelyn Rogers / Emma Gowens

4-year-old Team

Monika Toth / Lexie Troutman

TK Team

Gloria Eskridge /Julie Ziegler-Forrest


Katie Burrell / Maryann Wabalas 


Ms. Bear (Carolyn)