CCS Staff


Head of School – Dr. Arthur J. Hunt

Dr. Arthur Hunt brings his skills as both a pastor and head of staff not only to Cornerstone EPC, but Cornerstone Christian School, as well.  In addition to his duties as a  Caring Ministries Pastor, Dr. Hunt now serves as the Head of Cornerstone Christian School.  He also assists in worship and teaches on a regular basis.  Dr. Hunt received a Bachelor of Theology degree from William Tyndale College, a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.  He and his wife Linda have three adult children and seven grandchildren. 


Principal - Mrs. Sandra Nettleingham

Mrs. Nettleingham received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Music from Cedarville University.  She completed her Master of Science in Administration, majoring in Educational Leadership, at Madonna University in 2007. Her teaching experiences include English, Music, Creative Writing, Yearbook, Speech, Drama and Preschool.  Mrs. Nettleingham taught music and preschool at CCS before moving to school administration.  Six years ago, Mrs. Nettleingham became Principal at Cornerstone Christian School, where her passion is to educate students with a Christian worldview.


Preschool 3s & 4s & Beginnergarten – Mrs. Nancy Cullen

Mrs. Cullen received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and a Master of Education degree from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  She taught Kindergarten in Georgia for seven years and worked for the St. Clare Shore District as a Kindergarten-3rd Grade Reading Intervention teacher for two years.  Her professional activities have included Language Arts Curriculum writing and  participation in both Curriculum and Kindergarten Assessment Committees, among others.  This is Mrs. Cullen's eighth year teaching Preschool at CCS. 


Preschool Aide – Mrs. Linda Hunt

Mrs. Hunt joined the CCS staff in January, 2010 to serve as a Teachers' Aide.  She has attended Michigan State University as an Elementary Education major and brings to our school over fifteen years of experience as a Preschool Aide prior to working at CCS.  Mrs. Hunt and her husband Art have three grown children and seven grandchildren.


Kindergarten – Mrs. Cheryl Abraham

Mrs. Abraham received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and a Masters of Arts in Reading from Oakland University.  She has over 17 years experience teaching first, second, and third grade.  Other experiences include working as the principal of a K-8th grade summer school for over 400 students and serving on Curriculum Council for a public school.  She is married and has three children that have all attended Cornerstone.  She loves to read, travel, and spend time with family.This is Mrs. Abraham’s seventh year teaching at Cornerstone.


First Grade – Mrs. Erin Nyarko

Erin Nyarko graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and, after teaching for a few years, obtained a M.Ed. from Arizona State University. She has taught mostly preschool-second but has also taught fifth and sixth grade. She spent the past few years living and teaching in Botswana. This is Mrs. Nyarko's second year at CCS. 


First Grade Aide Mrs. Lisa Giammalva

Mrs. Giammalva brings sixteen years of classroom teaching experience to Cornerstone.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and her Reading Endorsement from Eastern Michigan University.  Mrs. Giammalva is always ready to help students and teachers with a smile.  This is her fourth year at CCS.


Second Grade – Mrs. Barb McMullen

This is Mrs. McMullen’s second year at CCS.   She earned her Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and then returned there to complete her work at the School of Education to become a teacher.  She has experience teaching sixth grade and kindergarten.  She enjoys volunteering for Vacation Bible School, children’s church, and outreach activities, along with playing volleyball and kayaking. This is Mrs. McMullen's third year at CCS.


Third Grade - Mrs. Heather Orcutt

Mrs. Orcutt graduated from Grand Valley State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education. Mrs. Orcutt has experience teaching fourth grade in Tennessee and teaching first and second grade in Missouri. Other experiences include tutoring, working for Springhill Camps and substitute teaching in Grand Rapids Public Schools. In Mrs. Orcutt’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, completing home renovations and watching the Detroit Red Wings. This is Mrs. Orcutt’s first year teaching at Cornerstone Christian School.


Fourth Grade – Mrs. Megan Stoetzner

Mrs. Stoetzner received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan with a major in Language Arts and a minor in Mathematics and a Masters in Reading from Eastern Michigan University.  She has experience teaching K-6 students as a substitute teacher, has served as a tutorial teacher and has taught summer school to 4th-10th grade students.  Other experiences include serving with Youth for Christ in Honduras teaching English as a second language, teaching a Bible Study at a young women's prison and teaching at-risk elementary students in Ypsilanti.  This is Mrs. Stoetzner's tenth year teaching fourth grade at Cornerstone Christian School.


Fifth Grade – Miss Chyna Sparks

Miss Sparks graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Elementary Education, including endorsements in Science, Social Science, and Language arts.  Most recently, Miss Sparks has guest-taught in the Huron Valley School District.  In her free time Ms. Sparks enjoys nature walks, kayaking, snowboarding, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. This is Ms. Sparks’s second year teaching Kindergarten at CCS. 


Middle School - Mrs. Rachel Buchanan

Mrs. Buchanan graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  Her experience in the field of education includes two years teaching full-time at CCS middle school and seven years in various roles (Lead Teacher, Director, etc.) at the Sylvan Learning Center in Brighton.  She loves reading, gardening, kickboxing, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.


Middle School – Mrs. Sara Bykowski

Mrs.Bykowski received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Life Sciences from Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana.  She has 15 years of teaching experience in self-contained elementary grades, middle school Science and English as a second language.  Mrs. Bykowski has also been a presenter at educator workshops on the topics of elementary school science, differentiated instruction and connecting Science with Literature.  She was a State of Indiana nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2005.  This is her eleventh year teaching at Cornerstone Christian School, where she also coaches cheerleading.


Middle School - Mrs. Taresa Franklin

Mrs. Franklin received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She has endorsements  in Language Arts and Integrated Science.  
Mrs. Franklin began teaching middle school language arts at Cornerstone Christian School in the spring of 2011.  She was a substitute teacher in Livingston County public and Christian schools before joining our staff.


Algebra - Sarah Zimmermann

Mrs. Zimmermann graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and worked in the automotive industry until her eldest daughter was born. She has tutored Algebra at CCS and joined the staff this school year. 


Art - Mrs. Betsy McDaniel

Mrs. McDaniel received a Bachelor of Arts in K-12 Art Education from Calvin College and her Master of Arts in Painting from Eastern Michigan University.  She taught middle school Art for six years in the Brighton Area Schools before joining our staff.  This is Mrs. McDaniel's fifteenth year teaching Art at CCS.


Music - Mrs. Abbie-Jo Wilcox

Mrs. Wilcox received her Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in Holland.  Her experiences include teaching English and Music, and she has held numerous Music Director positions for various organizations.  Mrs. Wilcox brings her joy for the Lord and commitment to using her gifts to honor Him to our school. This is her third year teaching at Cornerstone.


Physical Education – Athletic Director Cori Kurncz

Mrs. Kurncz received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and is a certified personal trainer.  Professionally, she has worked many years in both children's and youth ministry.  In addition to ministry work, she has eleven years of combined professional coaching experience as a gymnastics, fitness, strength, pom and cheerleading instructor.  This is Mrs. Kurncz' sixth year teaching at CCS.  


Spanish – Mrs. Christi Gaertner

Mrs. Gaertner received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and Spanish from Valparaiso University in Indiana and her Master of Science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She also studied in Mexico for a semester at la Universidad de las Américas. She taught Spanish at the middle school and high school levels for 8 years in Missouri and New York before joining our staff. She also currently teaches Spanish at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School.   Mrs. Gaertner’s husband is a pastor, and they have two sons.  This is Señora Gaertner's seventh year teaching the middle school Spanish classes at Cornerstone Christian School.


School Secretary - Mrs. Clarice Rose

Mrs. Clarice Rose has seved as a children’s teacher with Community Bible Study for 13 years and has served in various capacities in athletics. She enjoys kayaking and spending time with her three grandchildren.  Her welcoming disposition, love for the Lord, and capable skills have made her a great asset to Cornerstone Christian School for ten years.