Staff

Toddler House Team

Sara
Lead Teacher
As soon as I observed in my first classroom, I knew Montessori was the philosophy for me. I appreciate the beautiful environment, the independence of the children, and the care of the guides. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology, and recently received my Emergency Medical Technician certification along with a Wilderness First Response certification. When I'm not in the classroom you'll find me climbing, running, or hiking in the mountains.
Shenaily
Classroom Assistant
Hello Cornerstone community! I'm from a beautiful tropical town called Luquillo on the Island of Puerto Rico. I’ve always been interest in helping young children and this will be my second time. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with some courses in child development and growth. I have certifications in CPR (Adult / Pediatrics) and First Aid. I am a very passionate, caring, and observant person, which helps me identify the needs of younger children. When I’m not working, I enjoy going to beaches and rivers.
Sophie
Toddler Intern
I am from Germany and had the wonderful opportunity to work at Cornerstone in 2017 as an intern, which taught me what a special place Cornerstone is, and I'm glad to be back. While in Germany I finished my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies. After many years of study and theory, I'm ready to start my career as an early childhood teacher. I am excited for this new experience with wonderful people.

Preschool Team, NE Classroom

Kat
Co-Lead Montessori Teacher
I grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe, went to college at CSU Channel Islands and spent a year abroad in Santiago, Chile. After college, I was a bit of a nomad, splitting my time between Patagonia and working in outdoor education in California. In 2013, I got the itch to “settle” and it led me to St George, Utah where I worked in wilderness therapy. In 2015 I "re-settled" and moved to Colorado, where I love to ride my bike, climb mountains, and play in the snow!
Sharon
Co-Lead Montessori Teacher
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and will always consider myself a Boston girl. I started my Montessori journey when I moved to Mississippi and found a Montessori school for my daughters (Katelyn and Megan). It led me to become the founder, director, and teacher of my own small Montessori School. I received my Montessori certification in Early Childhood and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am thrilled to have found Cornerstone - being in the classroom is where my heart is the fullest.
George Michael
Classroom Assistant
I am a Montessori educator with a passion for enlightening the academic and imaginative worlds for children. My journey as a teacher began at the Montessori Academy of Colorado where I started as an assistant in a primary Cielo and eventually lead an art studio enrichment for all students. I also work as a professional artist and fashion designer with work exhibited across the country. I've found that the two go hand in hand, continually evolving each other’s quality. I'm thrilled to be part of the Cornerstone community!
Hannah
Classroom Assistant
I'm a Colorado native from a small town - my graduating class was only eight kids! I discovered my passion for working with children while volunteering in my mother's classroom. After high school, I worked as a paraprofessional for special education, then as a substitute teacher and eventually a temporary K-12 teacher. After earning my BA in Early Childhood and Abnormal Psychology, I took a break and moved to Lakewood. Then I found Cornerstone Montessori. I love the philosophy and am excited to work with children again!

Preschool Team, NW Classroom

Stephanie
Co-Lead Montessori Teacher
I was privileged to join the Cornerstone community when my oldest daughter enrolled in the preschool program. With my background in traditional education, I immediately fell in love with the processes and the notion of the prepared classroom and jumped at the chance to join the staff. Both of my daughters are now Cornerstone graduates and I am enjoying my role as Montessori Co-Lead Teacher. I am currently continuing with my education in Montessori, both as a mother and as a professional.
Caitie
Co-Lead Montessori Teacher
I recently moved from Vail where I worked as a Montessori Assistant and Lead teacher at Mountain Montessori. I first learned about the Montessori method when my sister attended a Montessori school and absolutely thrived. I believe wholeheartedly in this philosophy. I completed my training through Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. Before that, I fell in love with Golden while working as a nanny and completing my certification in yoga and children's yoga. I am so excited to be a part of Cornerstone!
Kelsey
Assistant Teacher
I grew up in Wheat Ridge and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Communication and Ethnic Studies. I found my passion for early childhood teaching and alternative learning environments working with 3-4 year olds at the Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School. I also worked with the Tomahawk Girl Scout Camp for two summers and it reinforced my passion. In my spare time I enjoy sliding downhill on two sticks, hitting the dusty trail, laughing with my family at my grandpa’s house, eating copious amounts of Girl Scout cookies, and making breakfast for dinner!
Gina
Assistant Teacher
I've been with Cornerstone Montessori School for 18 years! I have certifications in CPR, Early Childhood Education, and Group Leadership. I also received my Director Certification in 2003 from Red Rocks Community College. It has always been a passion of mine to teach and there is no greater joy than working with young children. I have a husband, Marvin, my son, John, my daughter, Samantha, and my soon to be son-in-law, Brandon. I also have two dogs named Levi and Bella.

Preschool Team, SW Classroom

Sonora
Co-Lead Montessori Teacher
I've been passionate about Montessori since I was a young student of Montessori myself! I graduated from Compass in 2005 with the first graduating class, and after attending college in Illinois, returned to Colorado and completed my Montessori Early Childhood Training at MECR. I have held several positions at different Montessori preschool programs, and worked in non-Montessori childcare programs. I enjoy snuggling with my cats, taking walks with my partner and daughter, and dabbling in mixed media arts.
Alyssa
Co-Lead Montessori Teacher
I grew up in Houston and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Early Child Development and Education. My love for teaching started with my first job as a swim instructor and continued through college as a volunteer at elementary schools. I went on to become an assistant at Flagstaff Montessori School and earn my Montessori certification, and even ran my own summer program for toddlers. I enjoy the outdoors with my partner Cory and our two huskies, watching football games, and going to concerts.
Bill
Classroom Assistant
I started attending Cornerstone when I was 2-1/2 and never really left. Even while attending Creighton University to become a pediatrician, I'd return to Cornerstone for summer jobs. After Creighton, I decided to skip medical school and was fortunate to get a full-time job at Cornerstone. It's more rewarding to help children grow than send them home with a diagnosis and some medicine. I've been at Cornerstone for 15 years now and am still excited to spend my time nurturing the children and their families.
Molly
Classroom Assistant
I was born and raised in Littleton, attended Colorado State University studying Psychology, and later earned my Montessori certification from the North American Montessori Center. I fell into Early Childhood Education while at CSU, and then fell in love with the Montessori method while working at a school in Las Vegas. I'm thrilled to be part of the exceptional staff at Cornerstone. I enjoy hanging out with my puppies, hiking, doing yoga, going to the gym, and spending time with my family!

Kindergarten Team, SE Classroom

Fiorella Chiarella
Lead Teacher
I was born in Peru and my native language is Spanish. I earned my degree in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching children, ages 3 to 6, since then. I first joined Cornerstone as the Spanish teacher working to implement the Spanish program in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. I moved to Maryland and taught for about eight years. Then I returned to Cornerstone to teach kindergarten. I live in Arvada with my husband Sergio, my two daughters, Fatima and Isabella, and my dog Gatsby.
Taylor Hadra
Classroom Assistant
I am thrilled to be teaching for my second year at Cornerstone! I'm an east coast girl originally but moved to Colorado to be closer to the mountains and nature. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre and a minor in psychology from Emerson College in Boston. When I'm not teaching, you'll find me singing, running, hiking, or snowboarding!
Paige Roadman
Classroom Assistant
I believe in a holistic approach to education and attended Montessori myself. I'm originally from Georgia but love Colorado. It's exciting to be part of the Cornerstone community and I'm looking forward to developing a lasting bond with the teachers and students. With a BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics, I've taught pottery to all ages and have a passion for working with a child's natural creativity. I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, biking, doing yoga, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

Administration Team

Tia
Owner/Administrator
Rick
Owner/Ninja
Malu
Director
Amy
Director
Carrie
Science Teacher
Pauline
Administrative Coordinator
Kira
Kitchen Coordinator
Kiera
Enrollment Coordinator