About Us

Preparing young minds for citizenship here on earth and for eternity.

Tree of Life Christian Preparatory is a private, PreK – 8  school that creates  community, allowing its students to achieve a high level of academics without the traditional pressures of private school.

TLC Prep provides quality education with small multi-grade class size which allows students to mentor each other, build confidence and independence; all within a caring and supportive atmosphere that promotes overall learning quality in the classroom.  Students are provided safe, hands-on learning and also discover values of service and community. 

At Tree of Life  Christian Preparatory you will find  a non-judgmental environment that allows both students and their families to feel a sense of belonging. 


Tree of Life Christian Preparatory School (TLC Prep) is accredited by the following institutions:

Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities

National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). 

North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). 

Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) in the Commonwealth as authorized by the Virginia Board of Education.

Our Staff

Billy Wright - Principal & Teacher Grades 7th-8th
Rebecca Durichek- Teacher Grades 3rd & 4th
Ann Steimer- Teacher Grades K-2nd
Cindy Esposito - Teacher Grades 5th-6th
Simone Herin-Campbell - Aide Kindergarten
Chee Gary - Aide PreK
Keisha Byrd - Grades 5th-8th Math
Sherece Nelson-Scott - Language Arts
Jane Treichler - Aide 1st & 2nd Grade
Vera Tourinho - Teacher Art
Shawn Whalen - IT


TLC Prep sees an opportunity to partner with parents who choose to homeschool their children.  Families can enroll their children at TLC for Music, Art, or Spanish.  Parents will pay a quarterly rate for each class, per child.  

Students may also join us for the following.  

*MAPS standardized testing (grades 1-8)
**Field trip participation
**Ski program participation
**Swim program participation
Weeks of Prayer attendance
Weekly Chapel attendance
Prep Time – weekly school newsletter – via email

*A fee for testing materials may be assessed.

**Participation will be based on group size parameters determined by the facility being visited as well as available transportation.

To find out how TLC Prep can partner with your family, schedule and Educational Success Consultation.  Call (540) 786-2019 or contact us online.

Our Faith

Discover More About Seventh-day Adventist Christians

The Seventh-day Adventist church grew in the mid-1840s during the Second Great Awakening, a time of religious revival in the United States.  Its first members came from the Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Christian Connection congregations, but over the following decades the denomination has grown into a worldwide church with millions of members.  The church is well known for its excellence in healthcare, education, and human service activities

Today the worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7,200+ schools worldwide with nearly 1.5 million students.  They also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children’s homes.  In addition, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, a disaster relief organization, funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.

The name “Seventh-day Adventist” refers to two core beliefs.  Respecting the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments, Adventists worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week.  “Adventist” refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return and take His followers home to heaven (John 14:1-3).  Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ.  You can find out more about Adventists at www.adventist.org

No.  As a Christian community we welcome families from many different denominations. 

Our goal is to encourage all students to have a personal relationship with Christ as their Savior and to develop morals and virtues grounded in Scripture. At an Adventist school, students’ freedom to think for themselves is respected and nurtured, and students are encouraged to learn how to make good moral decision regardless of their creed or belief system.  One key Adventist principle is that no one should be pressured into church membership, but to join willingly as they choose.  Children of Adventist parents often become baptized members but only when they are old enough to make the decision consciously and responsibly.  

We love to tell of Jesus and His wonderful mercies.  We are a growing, diverse, and friendly church.  We are committed to the Fredericksburg community and our global mission to share the good news of Jesus.  The church continues to positively impact the Fredericksburg community through outreach programs such as seasonal fruit sales, working the Thurman Brisbane Homeless Shelter, working with Hope House & Micah Ministries, the Laundromat Outreach, Youth Ministry programs, Pathfinders (ages 10-18), Adventurers (ages 4-9) and many others.  Please consider this your invitation to join us at our Wednesday night Prayer Meetings (7-8pm) or Sabbath morning services (Sabbath School classes begin at 10am and church service begins at 11am) as we worship the Lord.  For more information, please visit the Fredericksburg SDA Church website.