ACS-Cornerstone's mission is executed by our faculty. With a combined over 250 years of education experience, the average Cornerstone teacher is highly-experienced and highly-dedicated with over 11 years of experience, 9 of which are at Cornerstone.
Associates in Nursing-College of Saint Catherine, Minneapolis (1998)
BSN-North Central University, Minneapolis (1999)
Mrs. Arneson joined the Cornerstone family in 2019 in the before care program. Before becoming pastors at Glad Tidings Church in DeKalb in 2015, her and her husband were missionaries in Nepal for 13 years. The Arnesons have six kids and they are also proud foster parents. Mrs. Arneson loves to cook and bake and her family enjoys traveling, camping and game nights together.
B.A. Elementary Education - Blackburn College (1988)
Mrs. Julie Bartels has been teaching at Cornerstone Christian Academy and ACS Cornerstone for 21 years. Five of those years were in fourth grade and the rest were in Kindergarten. She has a BA in Elementary Education from Blackburn College.
Mrs. Bartels lives in Sycamore with her husband Jeff. They have two children, Jeff and Becca, who are both CCA alumni. Mrs. Bartels attends Trinity Lutheran church in Genoa. She leads women's ministry and serves on the church board.
2nd, 3rd Grade
B.A. Early Childhood Education, University of Northwestern-St. Paul (2010)
Mrs. Kerri Blevins has been a teacher since 2010. She enjoys all grade levels, but her passion is for the preschool to third grade levels. She started with Aurora Christian-Cornerstone in 2020 and she absolutely adores her mixed 2nd and 3rd grade classroom. When not at work, Mrs. Blevins spends time with her husband, Lewis, and daughter, Chloe or works out at the kettlebell gym!
B.A., Educational Studies- Western Governors University, (2016)
Mrs. Rhonda Cantrell is the art teacher for kindergarten through 8th grade. She has been teaching at the Cornerstone campus since 2000. Mrs. Cantrell is married to Brian. She has two adult children and one grandchild. She has a passion for sharing the gospel with students through serving in kids and youth ministry at her church, Christ Community Church-DeKalb Campus. Mrs. Cantrell enjoys reading, gardening, and all types of art projects.
5, 6-8 Bible, 6-8 Technology, 6-8 PE
B.A. Youth Ministry - Moody Bible institute (1995)
M.Div. Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001)
Reverend Robert B. Edwards has two children, Ainsley a sophomore at ACS and Avery an 8th grader at Cornerstone. I have been at Cornerstone since 2006. I have taught 5-12th grade Bible, 7 and 8 History, Middle school P.E., and Technology. I have also coached Track, Girls Volleyball and Girls Basketball. I love that I have been able to teach and raise my children in a Christ-Centered school that teaches a Biblical world view. I have the best ministry in the world where I get to share about the Bible, and the Love of Jesus Christ every day. For fun, I enjoy watching my kids compete in Athletics. I also am a Pastor in the small town of Manlius, IL and serve a great church.
4-5 Math, Science, Social Studies, 4 Bible
B.S. Elementary Education - Northern Illinois University (2004)
Mrs. Trisha Gonzalez is the fourth and fifth grade homeroom teacher. She teaches 4th and 5th grade Math, History, and Science and 4th grade Bible. She has been at Cornerstone since 2004. Mrs. Gonzalez enjoys reading a good book and sharing stories with her students. She lives in DeKalb with her husband Javier and their daughter Esperanza, who is an elementary student at ACS- CS.
B.A. Communication Studies – Taylor University (1992)
Mrs. Jenny Guio has taught at ACS for 19 years. She and her husband have three adult children. Mrs. Guio enjoys reading, gardening, and a challenging puzzle with family or friends. She attends Kishwaukee Bible Church in Sycamore, Illinois.
6-8 History, 6-7 Language Arts
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University, 1995
Masters of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University, 2000
ACSI Lifetime Certification
Mrs. Penny Hanania is from a small town in East Central Illinois and a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. She joined the Cornerstone staff in 2015 as a history teacher. At the beginning of her career she taught public school for 6 years and then transitioned into Christian education. She was the Jr. High Department Chair and a teacher at Medinah Christian School in Medinah, Illinois, for ten years until the school closed in 2015. She finds it a true privilege to be able to live out her faith in the classroom. She and her husband, David, reside in Batavia and attend Bethlehem Lutheran Church, in St. Charles. They enjoy all kinds of sporting and entertainment events, travel, and trying new restaurants.
4-12 Band Director
B.A. Music Education - Augustana College (1997)
M.M. Music Education - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2003)
Mrs. Anne Hauser has been a member of the Aurora Christian School faculty since 2005. Mrs. Hauser was born and raised in Menomonee Falls, WI. She taught 7-12 band in the Edgewood-Colesburg, IA school district for one year before heading home to teach. Mrs. Hauser taught seven years for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee in the elementary band program. While at Aurora Christian, she has coordinated the High School Band for the IL/WI ACSI Music Festival. Outside of school, Mrs. Hauser is a member of the Fox Valley Concert Band. She lives in Aurora with her husband, Jonathan, and daughters, Rachel and Rebekah. She attends Immanuel Lutheran in Batavia.
Media Specialist Pre-K-8
Library Technical Assistant - College of DuPage
B.A. English - Medieval Concentration – Northern Illinois University (2011)
M.A. Certificate Children's and Young Adult Literature and Media – Northern Illinois University (2014)
Mrs. Donna High has been at Cornerstone since 2012; first as assistant to the librarian, then as the librarian since 2014. Before coming to Cornerstone, she had homeschooled her seven children for 25 years. She has two grandchildren, one who attends ACS Cornerstone. She has a passion for finding the right book for every reader and the Dewey Decimal System! Charlotte's Web is her favorite children's book. She enjoys traveling and has visited nine countries on three continents outside the U.S. in the last ten years. Her favorite travels include: a month-long study abroad experience at Oxford, England, and a mission trip to Chad, Africa.
Music Teacher - Pre K-8
B.A. Music Education and French Horn Performance, Augustana College
Mrs. Gail High is coming to ACS Cornerstone to teach music after teaching in the public school system for the past seven years, most recently with the DeKalb School District. She loves teaching music to her students through listening, exploring, composing, dancing, instrument playing, and more! She's excited to share God's gift of music while encouraging students to love Jesus too! Mrs. High is a performer and is part of her church's worship team, a member of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and also teaches private music lessons. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, camping, playing her instruments, and spending time with friends. She lives in DeKalb with her husband, James and daughter, Joanna. They attend First Baptist Church in Sycamore.
MS Science & PE
B.S. Biology Teaching and Sciences 5-12
St Cloud State University
Mrs. Natalie Kaczor is coming to ACS Cornerstone to teach Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science to our middle schoolers, as well as Physical Education to our preschool through eighth grade students. Previously, Mrs. Kaczor taught the sciences and coached girls basketball at Buffalo High School in Minnesota before transitioning to serve her family as a stay at home mom. In addition to serving at home, she has spent the past 5 years teaching both traditional bootcamp, and family bootcamp at the Kishwaukee YMCA. She is very excited to teach the sciences from a biblical worldview, and is passionate about motivating others to have an active lifestyle. Outside of school Mrs. Kaczor loves to watch and play sports, enjoy outdoor activities, exercise, and learn more about the world around her. She and her husband are happily raising their four daughters on a small 5 acre hobby farm outside of Sycamore. They attend Christ Community Church in Dekalb.
MS English and Math
B.A. English - Connecticut College (1976)
M.R.E. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1978)
Mrs. Byrle Lauriat teaches middle school English/Language Arts and Algebra 1 at Cornerstone. In August 1988, she began teaching at DeKalb Christian School (now Cornerstone). She has taught there for a total of 26 years in middle school and 7 years in CCA’s high school. When she is not at school, Mrs. Lauriat and her husband, Dave, live in DeKalb and attend Bethany Road Bible Church, where Dave is an elder. She serves in children’s ministry and women’s Bible study and helps lead a home group. She and her husband have three adult children and four grandchildren
Principal, 7 PreAlgebra
B.A, in Elementary Education- Judson University (1992)
M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction- Concordia University River Forest (2006)
M.A. in Educational Administration- Concordia University River Forest (2017)
Miss Amanda Leonhart is the principal at ACS Cornerstone. Before coming to ACS-CS she has been at Aurora Christian Schools, Plumstead Christian School (PA), New Life Academy (MN), and Wheaton Christian Grammar School working in the areas of special education, Student Services, and Curriculum and Instruction. She is very involved with ACSI in the area of school accreditation. Ms. Leonhart recently moved to Sycamore and attends Christ Community in DeKalb. She is West Virginia, born and bred and enjoys movies/games with friends, exercising, M&Ms, blueberries, and Coke Zero!
B.A. in Elementary Education - Carthage College (1991)
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction - Concordia University (1997)
Mrs. Amy Mason is the current 1st grade teacher at Cornerstone. Before coming to ACS-CS she taught at Hampshire Elementary school for nine years. She has taught at ACS since 2009, starting at preschool and moving up to first grade. Mrs. Mason lives in Dekalb with her husband and two sons. Her sons started attending Cornerstone at age three and have both graduated from the school. She attends Sycamore United Methodist Church and her hobbies are scrapbooking and camping.
Mrs. Pam Miller previously worked at Covenant Christian School in Aurora for 22 years as the preschool teacher. She has been at Cornerstone since 2015. She was a foster parent with DCFS for 20 years and has adopted five children. She has a passion for nurturing children. She attends Village Bible Church at Indian Creek.
Resource, 6th grade Math
B.S. Elementary Education - University of Phoenix (2012)
Mrs. Kim Moncrief feels blessed to have been able to stay home with her children when they were young. During this time, she operated her own daycare and preschool from home. Other previous positions include a private preschool teacher and an online ESL/English teacher. Mrs. Moncrief lives in Cortland with her husband and her three children, A.J., Lucas, and Aubrey.
K-5 Spanish Teacher, Lunch Coordinator
B.A. English and History/Political Science - LeTourneau University (1993)
Mrs. Gretel Pfeifer has been a Lunch Coordinator for the last five years and has expanded into teaching Elementary Spanish this year. She loves hearing her students confidently engaging her in Spanish dialogue. She especially enjoys when they speak in Spanish about how good the lunch is!
B.A. Operations Management - Northern Illinois University (2003)
Mrs. Kristina Potts is the lunch coordinator and has been at ACS-CS since 2015. She worked at the Suncast Corporation before coming to ACS-CS. Prior to Suncast she enjoyed being at home with her two oldest children for two years. She has three children: a one year old, a 4th grader, and 5th grader – both school age children are at ACS-CS. She enjoys spending time with her family and attends church at Crossview in DeKalb, IL.
Preschool Aide age 4
B.A. Psychology - Northern Illinois University (2010)
Mrs. Stephanie Rose is the Aide in Mrs. Guio’s preschool class. She started at ACS-CS in 2020. She worked as a Correctional Treatment Officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections prior to coming to ACS-CS. She has a passion for helping people with special needs, disabilities, and mental illness. She is married and has two sons. Her oldest is serving in San Diego in the Navy and her younger son is a second grader at ACS-CS. She attends church at Christ Community in DeKalb with her family.
B.S. Elementary Education – Aurora University (2010)
Mrs. Jacqueline Soloff worked for District 129 and has taught in two private schools before coming to Cornerstone in 2020. She admits, second grade is her new favorite grade to teach! She loves to volunteer and has a passion for organizing parties, crafting, and trying new things. She has been married since 2010 and has two children that attend Cornerstone in fourth and second grade. The Soloff family enjoys all activities outdoors and decorates their house for every holiday! They have attended Highpoint Church in North Aurora since moving to Batavia in 2016.
B.A. Bible, Moody Bible Institute (2006)
Mr. Ticona has started teaching Spanish at ACS Cornerstone campus in 2021. He is the teacher for Kindergarten-8th grade. Mr. Ticona was born in Tacna, Peru, South America, and loves to teach his native language, Spanish! Mr. Ticona also serves as a pastor with Village Bible Church. He works with the Spanish-speaking campus, El Camino, in Aurora, IL. He lives in Wasco with his wife, Stacie and four children. In his free time, he enjoys going on mission trips, and spending time with his family and church.