|Michelle Jones is Cornerstone Academy’s founder and Head of School. She is a graduate of Northwest University with a BA in Elementary Education, NOVA Southeastern University with a MS in Educational Brain Research and Seattle Pacific University with her administrative credentials. Michelle loves to read, especially historical fiction. She spent many childhood summers daydreaming with Lucy Maude Montgomery and CS Lewis. She loves working at Cornerstone Academy where she gets to be with her four kids and see God working in the lives of so many families. John 10:10 “I have come so you may live life to the fullest”|
Heather Carter will welcome you at our front desk each morning. Heather has a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington, which she jokes translates to kids as well. Her family loves nature and being active. They enjoy the company of their pets: one dog and two cats. Her two boys attend Cornerstone and they love the community that comes with it.
|Heather Eder is the friendly face at the front desk each afternoon and leads Worship Club. Heather has a BA in Sociology with a double minor in Minority Studies and Psychology. She is certified in Para Professional Counseling as well as a Graduate of Lifeforming Coaching. A favorite book of hers is Blue Like Jazz because it is brilliantly written and provides the opportunity for a sometimes lighthearted, more often thought provoking, glimpse into the possibility of authentic Christian spirituality. Her favorite bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God has given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” She believes this scripture applies to pretty much every area of life; it’s all encompassing and absolutely empowering. She has one child who is in college, one in high school, and her two elementary kids attend Cornerstone.|
|Ami Miller is our Preschool teacher for the 2’s and 3’s classes. She has a Diploma of Ministry from Hillsong Leadership College and has spent over ten years working in early childhood ministries both locally and internationally. Ami loves to spend time in prayer, laughing with her husband and three kids, and indulging in far too much coffee! She finds Anne Shirley a “kindred spirit” as they both have red hair and she has always admired her love of learning, quick wit and devotion. Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed in strength and dignity; she laughs without fear of the future.”|
|Kendra Hvattum is the Pre-Kindergarten teacher. She has an AA in Integrated Studies and a certificate in International Event and Wedding Planning. She also works part time as a Children’s Director in a local church. She has always had a passion for kids and their growth both academically and spiritually. “There is something so special about when a child accepts Jesus into their heart, as well as when they write their name or read for the first time. I love being part of their journey and I am excited to see how God will use me!” Her favorite book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe since it parallels the Bible, and contains a constant battle between good and evil. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, and she always comes back to it whenever she is unsure about anything.|
|Ashlynn Cronauer is the Kindergarten teacher and is a graduate of Northwest University. This is her ninth year teaching. She and her husband Josh have two little ones, the oldest of which is in preschool at Cornerstone. She loves being outdoors with her family and exploring parks. Her favorite verse is John 3:16 because it shows God’s great love for us, and the unfathomable sacrifice that was made just for us.
|Tracy Molina is our first grade teacher. She has been teaching since 2004 when she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS followed by a Teaching Certificate from UW and is a certified Logos Scholar. Her favorite book is the Secret Garden. As a child, she loved the idea of a secret world. As an adult she loves how the characters change and develop throughout the novel. Mrs. Molina’s favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” It reminds her that God is in control and that she needs to trust Him in everything. Mrs. Molina lives in Snohomish with her husband, middle school son, and she has a daughter who is off to college.|
| Mary Lynne Bracewell, our second grade teacher, discovered a love for teaching while volunteering in her children’s classrooms. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and her Masters in Teaching from City University. Her favorite literary figure is Laura Ingalls Wilder, and she especially loves to read the collections of articles Laura wrote for the newspaper. She finds her thoughts and ideas relevant to today, especially to the Christian woman. Mrs. Bracewell’s favorite verse is Phillipians 2:14 – “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” She holds this verse close to remind herself and students that God is in everything we do and say, and she enjoys helping students to find the joy even in their least favorite subjects. Mrs. Bracewell loves to read and travel with her husband and two sons.
|Tracy Whitfield is our third & fourth grade teacher who has a BA in Political Science from Hillsdale College as well as her teaching credentials and is a certified Logos Scholar. Tracy’s favorite historical figures are William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer because of their amazing examples of “ordinary” men who stood up for their faith and their beliefs at great costs. She has found encouragement from Isaiah 41:10 in so many situations throughout her life. Tracy loves being outdoors, especially hiking.
|Lacey Hvattum is the fifth & sixth grade teacher who has a BA in Elementary Education with her K-8 Teaching Certificate, as well as her Masters in Teaching from Northwest University, and she is a certified Logos Scholar. She loves science fiction books because it presents humanity in different scenarios and causes her to wonder, “what if?” It is a stretch of her imagination and she finds this genre very entertaining! Lacey’s favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” She says she loves this verse because it helps remind her “life is not all about me! It may be hard at times, but God always has my back and is my strength in times of need.” She has one child in Beginning School and one child in Grammar School.|
|Kris Hvattum is our Dean of Students and Middle School teacher. He has a BA in Biblical Literature and a Masters in Teaching from Northwest University. His favorite book is Mere Christianity because it helped him a lot early in his walk with Christ, and it continues to encourage him. Staying with the CS Lewis theme, Mr. Hvattum’s favorite literary character is Aslan the Lion because it helped him understand how God could be immeasurably powerful, yet gentle at the same time. Mr. Hvattum finds Philippians 2:5-11 helpful to know who he is in Christ. Mr. Hvattum and his wife both teach at Cornerstone Academy, and their two children attend as well.|
|Lea Tribble is the art teacher and holds a BA in Art History from the University of Washington. Her favorite literary character is Samwise Gamgee because he is a faithful friend who musters up the courage to do and say what is right. Lea’s favorite bible verse is Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” It illustrates God’s love and devotion to his children and to her. She can relate to the knitted in the womb imagery as a knitting mother herself. Lea has three boys and an orange tabby cat named Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge.|
|Jolene Joosten is the PE teacher and also the children’s pastor at The Church at Maltby and Monroe. Her favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:8 for it reminds her that God will always take care of her, even when things seem out of control. She and her husband Ted have two boys, the eldest of which attends Cornerstone, and they all love hiking and backpacking. They went on several hikes over the summer, a favorite being a family overnight backpacking trip to Lake Valhalla near Skykomish.|
|Karen Westerfield, our music teacher, has been in music education for a multitude of years. She currently directs music programs at two schools and her church. She is the daughter of a pastor, she’s married to a pastor, and she is a pastor herself. Mrs. Westerfield’s favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”|
|Anne Bouckenooghe, the Grammar School Science Specialist, graduated from University of California: Santa Cruz with a degree in Psychology, and then had so much fun in school that she decided to stay longer to get her Masters in Education. This is her sixth year teaching, and she enjoys all the hands on aspects that science labs can offer, especially if it involves some sort of combustible reaction. Being able to apply knowledge gained from a book immediately in real world settings can be very rewarding as well. Anne’s favorite author currently is Brandon Sanderson for the well thought out worlds that he creates in his fantasy. The verse she’s most reminded of is 1 Thess 5:16-18, for while it’s easy to give thanks for the good things in life, it’s much harder (but often better) to give thanks for the difficult things as well.|