Faculty – Grade School

Jessica Conklin

4th Grade Homeroom Teacher, Faculty Support Supervisor

Experience:

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

Karin Bourquin

Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

Education:

  • B.S. in Child Psychology and Music from Missouri Western State College

Experience: 

  • Child Development Laboratory Teacher at Arizona State University 1990-2000
  • Behavior Specialist at Applied Behavior Consultants 2001-2003
  • Children Ministries Director at church 2009-2014

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

3rd 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

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
  • At CCS since 2018

Joseph Rose

5th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Education:

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

Experience:

  • CS Alumnus and Valedictorian (Class of 2011)

Sharon Lowery

Classroom Aide
Education:
  • B.A., Whittier College, Political Science Major, History Minor, Cum Laude
  • Executive Fellowship, Capital Fellows Program, Sacramento State, 1997/98
Experience:
  • 14 years homeschool teacher
  • CCS family since 2009

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
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

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

Emily Maxson

Team Teacher

Education:

  • B.A. in History with Music Minor from Hillsdale College, Cum Laude

Experience:

  • CCS Alumna, 2012
  • Apprenticed at CCS, 2016-2017
  • Taught 2 years of Algebra for homeschool students

Diana Petrash

Kindergarten Aide

Education:

  • Associate in Arts Social Sciences from American River College, Sacramento
  • Future goal is to become an Educator

Experience:

  • Serve in Teens Ministry at home church

Barbara Leigh

Classroom Aide

Education:

  • A.A., Intercultural Studies
  • B.S., Psychology, CSUS, Summa Cum Laude

Experience:

  • 11 years teaching experience
  • Taught homeschool for 14 years

Emily Uttinger

Typing Teacher, Classroom Aide

Education:

  • CCS graduate
  • B.A. in Medieval Studies, UC Davis
  • CRLA Tutoring Certification

Experience:

  • Tutored ESL, English, and Health Science at Sierra College
  • At CCS since 2019

Lana Akin

Classroom Aide

Experience:

  • 35+ years working in Church Children’s Ministry
  • All four of our children attended CCS K-12
  • CCS staff since 2019