Faculty – Grade School

Cathy Andrews

6th Grade Homeroom Teacher & Instructional Supervisor

Education:

  • B.A. Liberal Studies with English Concentration from California State University, Sacramento, Summa Cum Laude
  • ACSI Multiple Subject Certificate

Experience:

  • At CCS since 1999
  • Taught homeschool for 12 years

Christine Reeves

Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • ECE certification, Sierra College
  • B.A., Child and Adolescent Development and Sociology, San Jose State University

Experience:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • After School Supervisor
  • Employed by CCS since 2014

Karely Wright

Kindergarten Aide

Experience:

  • Sunday School Teacher
  • Mother of three

Patricia Yarbrough

1st Grade Homeroom Teacher

Tracey Elliott

1st Grade Aide, Lunch Supervision ,BASS

Education:

  • B.A. in English/Communications from Simpson University with a Minor in Christian Studies
  • ACSI Certified Teacher K-8

Experience:

  • Taught 6 years prior to CCS
  • Employed by CCS since 2012

Heather Reeves

2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. Liberal Studies with a minor in History from the Master’s College
  • CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Experience:

  • Taught outside CCS for 4 years
  • At CCS from 1994 – 1997, and 2005 – present

Cindy Garrisi

2nd Grade Aide

Education:

  • B.A. in English and B.A. in Communication Studies,  cum laude, from Westmont College

Experience:

  • Substitute teacher prior to CCS
  • Associated with CCS since 2013

Nicky Mut

3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education: 

  • B.A. in Liberal Studies with Child Development concentration and TESOL Minor, William Jessup University
Experience:
  • 1 year experience in the Hawaii Department of Education
  • 1 year experience in CCS Preschool
  • Many years teaching children’s ministry

Danica Hanna

3rd Grade Team Teacher, Choir Accompanist

Education:

  • B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Sacramento

Experience:

  • Employed by CCS since 2003

Dawn Peterson

4th Grade Art Teacher, Typing Teacher, Aide

Education:

  • B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona

Experience:

  • Taught outside CCS for 13 years
  • Employed by CCS since 2016

Tina Mut

P.E. Teacher, Consumer Math, 5th Grade Typing Teacher, Teacher's Aide

Education:

  • Studied at American River College and Brigham Young University

Experience:

  • Associated with CCS since 1997
  • Parent volunteer for many years
  • On staff since 2013

Ginger Nagy

4th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. Liberal Studies from California State University, Sacramento
  • H.R. Certification from CSUS School of Continuing Education

Experience:

  • Teacher at C.C.S. from 2014- Present
  • Children’s Church Leader from 1990- Present

Abigail Orallo

4th Grade Team Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in Liberal Studies & Multiple Subject Credentialing with a minor in Bible & Theology from William Jessup University

Experience:

  • 1 year of substitute teaching
  • 3 years as a Writing Tutor for William Jessup University
  • 7 years in Children’s Ministry

Sue Ricci

5th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • B.S. in Mass Communications with a minor in Political Science from Illinois State University

Experience:

  • Taught outside of Cornerstone for 9 years
  • At CCS since 2001

Susie Stavness

5th Grade Team Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in English/Communications from Simpson University with a Minor in Christian Studies
  • ACSI Certified Teacher K-8

Experience:

  • Taught 6 years prior to CCS
  • Employed by CCS since 2012

Flossie Cusick

6th and 7th Grade Team Teacher, 7th Grade Team Teacher

Education:

  • B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Finance from Rutgers University
Experience:
  • Taught outside CCS for 15 years

Lauren Elemendorf

Team Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in Christian Education Ministries, with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Biblical Studies, Biola University

Experience:

  • 10 years of classroom experience
  • Associated with CCS since 2009
  • Director of Children’s Ministry at East Parkway Church since 2016

Martha Bryant

Aide, Playground Supervisor

Education:

  • B.A. in Social Work from Murray State University

Experience:

  • Retired HR Director for the U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Associated with CCS since 2012

Cayla Elliot

Before and After School Care Student Supervisor

Education:

  • Valedictorian Diploma from Cornerstone Christian High School

Experience:

  • At CCS since 2012

Mary Lee Sonke

Librarian, Book It Coordinator, Aide

Education:

  • B.A. in Elementary Education from Covenant College
  • M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College

Experience:

  • Associated with Cornerstone since 2011
  • 7 years combined teaching experience in Christian education and homeschooling
  • Developed curriculum for elementary history and literature

Gail Begin

Elementary Music Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in Liberal Arts from California Lutheran University
  • K-8 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Experience:

  • 25 year member of Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC)
  • Private instructor of piano, clarinet, and violin
  • At CCS since 2016