Faculty – Grade School

Cathy Andrews

Instructional Supervisor, 6th Grade Team Teacher

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

Jessica Conklin

Admissions Director, 4th Grade Team Teacher

Experience:

  • Associated with CCS since 2016
  • Worked as Children’s Director at church for last 10 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

Nadiia Palamariuk

Kindergarten Afternoon Teacher

 

Experience:

  • Homeschool teacher for 4 years
  • Sunday school teacher
  • Associated with CCS since 2015

Karely Wright

Kindergarten Aide

Experience:

  • Sunday School Teacher
  • Mother of three

Karin Bourquin

Kindergarten Aide

Patricia Yarbrough

1st Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in English, Thomas Edison State College

Experience:

  • 4 years experience in education prior to CCS
  • At CCS since 2017

Tracey Elliott

1st Grade Aide, BASS Supervisor

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

Classroom Aide, Consumer Math Teacher

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

Rene Markey

3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. Liberal Studies with English Supplement, California State University, Sacramento

Experience:

  • 20 years working with children in church ministry
  • Substitute teacher in San Juan Unified School District & Victory Christian School
  • At CCS since 2018

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

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:

  • Taught at CCS since 2014
  • Children’s Church Leader since 1990

Dawn Peterson

4th Grade Art Teacher, Assistant Librarian

Education:

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

Experience:

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

Paula Avanto

5th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Experience:

  • Homeschool teacher for 17 years
  • At CCS since 2019

 

Susie Stavness

5th Grade Team Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in Education from CSUS
  • CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Experience:

  • Taught for 5 years prior to homeschooling children
  • Taught homeschool classes for 9 years
  • Employed by CCS since 2016

Flossie Cusick

6th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

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

Sarah Beaman

Elementary P.E. Teacher, Aide
Experience:
  • 8 years working in behavioral therapy with autistic children
  • Sunday School teacher
  • Helping Hands Volunteer at CCS for over 4 years

Martha Bryant

Classroom Aide

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

Maya Clark

Junior High Team Teacher, Typing Teacher

Cayla Elliot

Preschool Teacher, After School Supervisor

Education:

  • Valedictorian Diploma from Cornerstone Christian High School

Experience:

  • At CCS since 2012

Mary Lee Sonke

Librarian, Book It Coordinator

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