Staff

Toddler House Team

Rachel Regan
Lead Teacher
I was drawn to Montessori education through my experiences in childcare and by friends who were involved in Montessori. It is truly a beautiful and wonderful method of education, and I cannot think of a better place to teach than at Cornerstone. My degrees are in Women’s Studies and Communication, which I obtained from Wesleyan College. I am originally from Georgia, but have since said goodbye to humidity and hello to these beautiful mountains here in Colorado. When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me cooking, knitting, listening to music, reading a good book, or hiking!
Charlotte Dickens
Assistant Teacher
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in History. I'm also a Certified Nurse Assistant with a Basic Life Saving and CPR certification, but nursing isn't for me. I enjoy working with children and am a fan of the Montessori philosophy. Cornerstone is a wonderful place for me to explore my passions and I have hopes of one day combining my love of working with kids and love of science! Outside of the classroom I enjoy spending time in nature, hiking with my dog, Strider, and spending time with my two nephews and niece.
Eliza Magdalenski
Assistant Teacher
I'm a mountain-loving gal, proud graduate of CU Boulder, and a self-proclaimed "Advertising Nerd." I love learning, I love teaching, and I love experiencing the infinite possibilities that young minds bring each and every day. When I'm not in the classroom or serving as a volunteer CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children, I enjoy juggling, ice fishing, and snowboarding.
Sara Spolrich
Assistant Teacher
As soon as I observed in my first classroom, I knew it 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. I'm so thankful to find this wonderful community in such an incredible place.

Preschool Team, NE Classroom

Dee O'Kane
Lead Teacher
Teaching young children using the Montessori method is my passion and I'm so grateful to be doing it at Cornerstone. I’ve taught seven years in both private and public Montessori schools. Growing up in Iowa and the midwest, I received my Early Childhood and Elementary teaching certifications as well as my Montessori certification from Xavier University. Additionally, I completed six hours of study in the Master's Education program at CU Denver. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, yoga, music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Molly Rogers
Lead Teacher
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 after accepting a position in Las Vegas at a Montessori school. When I returned to Colorado I instantly knew Cornerstone was the place for me and am very excited to be part of an exceptional staff. When I'm not teaching I can be found hanging out with my puppies, hiking, doing yoga, going to the gym, or spending time with my family!
Katey Funderburgh
Assistant Teacher
I'm currently a junior at Regis University studying English and Peace and Justice with hopes to one day become a teacher. I'm new to Cornerstone and excited to engage in my passion for Early Childhood Education! In my free time I enjoy cooking, traveling, and writing. I'm also passionate about the outdoors and love to camp and hike with my sister, mom, and three big dogs.

Preschool Team, NW Classroom

Lindy Kedro
Lead Teacher
I'm so grateful to join the incredible team here at Cornerstone Montessori! My passion for creativity and wonder in life is what inspired me to study the Montessori method. Working with young children is a continual learning experience, which is what I believe life is all about! I completed my training at Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR and received my Master's in Education through Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. My two daughters and I enjoy making art, gardening, doing yoga, exploring outdoors, camping, reading, and creating imaginative stories together.
Kelsey Fernandez
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!
Grace Harbo
Assistant Teacher
I'm proud to say I'm a graduate of Cornerstone Montessori School and currently a senior at Arvada West High School. After spending the last few summers as an intern, I'm excited to be working this summer as a staff member. I plan on pursuing a career in music education and hope to someday combine my love for both music and children. My interests include exploring nature with her friends and family, practicing my instruments, and learning about history.
Gina Hill
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 Mack
Lead Teacher
I've been passionate about Montessori for a long time, as I was a young student of Montessori myself! I graduated from Compass in 2005 with the very first graduating class, and after attending college in Illinois, returned to Colorado and completed my Montessori Early Childhood Training at MECR. This program made my love for Montessori grow even deeper, and I just knew that teaching in the Montessori preschool environment was where I was meant to be. I have held both assistant and lead positions at different Colorado Montessori preschool programs, and have also worked in non-Montessori childcare programs. In my free time I enjoy snuggling with my cats, taking walks with my partner and daughter, and dabbling in mixed media arts.
Alyssa Smith
Lead Teacher
I grew up in Houston, TX and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree 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 a classroom assistant at Flagstaff Montessori School and earn my Montessori certification. I've been a teach ever since and even ran my own summer program with a small staff for ages 18 months to 3 1/2 years old. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my partner Cory and our two huskies, watching baseball and football games, and going to concerts.
Isabel Shinn
Assistant Teacher
I attended Cornerstone as a preschooler and came back when I was 13 to work as an intern. I've interned here for the past four years, and have learned and grown so much. I enjoy working with children, and I see so much love and potential in every child. I am honored to be a part of helping children be the best they can be, for themselves and for the world. I will be attending the University of Northern Colorado this fall, majoring in Early Childhood Special Education. The passion of all the teachers and kids I have worked with has inspired my career choice, and I am so excited to continue doing what I love.

Kindergarten Team, SE Classroom

Fiorella Chiarella
Lead Teacher
I was born in Peru and my native language is Spanish. I earned my college degree in Early Childhood Education in 1990 and have been teaching children, ages 3 to 6, since then. I first joined Cornerstone in 2004 as the Spanish teacher working to implement the Spanish program in the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. From 2009-17, I moved to Maryland and continued teaching children ages 3-5. Then I moved back to Colorado and returned to Cornerstone to teach kindergarten. I live in Arvada with my husband Sergio, my two daughters, Fatima and Isabella, and my dog Gatsby. I love to knit, crochet, cook, and do all types of crafts.
Kelsey Farnan
Assistant Teacher
I recently graduated from CU Boulder with a focus in English Literature and am thrilled to be working at Cornerstone with the kindergarten class. I'm learning a lot about Early Childhood Education and the Montessori method. It's incredibly rewarding to help the kindergarten children learn how to read and write! In my spare time, I love to hike and am an avid concert goer. I recently got a puppy, who's name is Maisy, and enjoy taking her on walks as well as watching Netflix with her.
Alora Rands
Assistant Teacher
I grew up in Waconia, MN with my three siblings and half a dozen pets. When I was younger, I would tell anyone who would listen that I wanted to be a teacher, so it truly is fitting that I would end up pursuing a degree in the school system. I recently graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. After graduation, I moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver to pursue my Master's in Child, Family, and School Psychology. On the days that I am not at Cornerstone, I am commonly found hiking, camping, attempting to climb a 14er, or at home editing my most current photography.

Administration Team

Tia Matsumoto
Owner/Administrator
Rick Matsumoto
Owner/Ninja
Malu Sanchez
Director
Amy Vecchiarelli
Director
Carrie Brothers
Science Teacher
Pauline Davis
Administrative Coordinator
Kira Llanes
Kitchen Coordinator
Kathleen Mah
Assistant Teacher
Kiera Newton
Enrollment Coordinator
Julia Rohner
Assistant Teacher