Cornerstone Christian School

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Principal Letter


We build everything upon a foundation of Christ and a biblical worldview.  This proper framework enhances our academic excellence"

Cornerstone Christian School



Our Dedicated Teachers Average 16 Years of Teaching Experience

Cornerstone Christian School has been blessed with certified teachers who strive to provide the best education for your child. Our smaller classroom sizes allow more individual interaction with the teachers affording an excellent education.



Dr. Vicki Kloosterhouse // Interim Head of School

Dr. Vicki Kloosterhouse earned a Master of Arts in Classroom Education from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Child Ecology with a focus on psychosocial health. With four years of teaching in high school and another 25 years in higher education, she also has had the privilege of training teachers globally. Additionally, she served as Dean of Education at a Christian college in Africa. Dr. Kloosterhouse considers teaching a noble calling, particularly when it involves shaping children’s lives according to Christian principles. She currently lives in Brighton with her husband and is a proud grandmother of three.

Sandra Nettleingham // Principal

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. In 2013, Mrs. Nettleingham became Principal at Cornerstone Christian School, where her passion is to educate students with a Christian worldview.

Sandra Lorey // Business Operations and Events

Mrs. Lorey has been a part of the CCS community for the past 15 years, first as a parent, and then for the past four years, as part of the office staff. Just this past year she has moved into the Business Office, overseeing finance, operations and events. This was a natural progression, as she and her husband, Randy, have been business owners for the past three decades. They've also been married for 30 years, have three sons ages 25, 23, and 18, and have lived in Howell for the past 21 years.

Holly Manssur // Marketing Director

Ms. Manssur has more than 30 years of Marketing experience and is the owner of three small businesses. Holly received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan where her focus was Communications and minor was Writing. Ms. Manssur raised both of her sons in Faith sending them to St. John School in Fenton and then to Powers High School in Flint. It was Holly's strong belief in the positive impact of a Christian education that brought her to work with CCS. In addition to spending time with family, Holly enjoys boating, kayaking, dancing and assisting animal rescues.



Maureen Arbour // Kindergarten

Mrs. Arbour graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education plus 18 graduate hours to receive a Continuing Teacher Certificate from Eastern Michigan University. She had 11 years of teaching experience Kindergarten-2nd grade classrooms before staying home to raise her children. Following that, she had a home business for 10 years, and for 6 years she worked in the Brighton Area Schools as an EA and RTI Reading Interventionist. Mrs. Arbour is excited to be part of the Cornerstone team and teaching not only academics but most importantly about the love of our Lord and Savior.

Dianne Turner // 1st Grade

Mrs. Turner has over 20 years of experience working with students as a classroom teacher and as an elementary administrator. She spent most of those years teaching kindergarten but has also taught 5th, 6th and, multi-age elementary classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Spring Arbor University and a teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Reading from Eastern Michigan University. Mrs. Turner is married and has two children in college. Mrs. Turner began her work at CCS in 2016.

Chivonn Quist // 2nd Grade

Mrs. Quist graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She taught 2nd grade, 5th grade and was an intervention specialist at a middle school before becoming the stay-at-home mom of Charlotte and Taylor. Mrs. Quist enjoys hobby farming with her family and spending time with friends and family.

Susan Karczynski // 3rd Grade

Mrs. Karczynski received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan Dearborn and graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University. She taught second and third grades in the Westwood District for ten years, as well as five-year-old preschool in South Lyon. In her free time, Mrs. Karczynski enjoys biking, kayaking, and exploring Michigan with her husband and two children. Mrs. Karczynski joined the CCS staff in 2017.

Lisa Giammalva // 4th Grade

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. She started working at CCS in 2012.

Laura Elliott // 5th Grade

Mrs. Elliott received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. She has over 25 years of experience as a middle school classroom teacher in the Fowlerville Community Schools. She has presented at conferences integrating math, science, and technology, served on numerous committees designing curriculum, and established a writing club. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two children. Mrs. Elliott has been at CCS since 2018.

Middle School


Rachel Buchanan // Middle School

Mrs. Buchanan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Calvin College.  Prior to teaching at Cornerstone Christian School, she worked as a teacher and a Director of Education at the Sylvan Learning Center in Brighton.  She enjoys reading, Bible studies, gardening, and teaching middle school at CCS! Mrs. Buchanan has been married to her husband, Josh, for 15 years and has three children.

Kim Windeler // Middle School

Mrs. Windeler has been an educator for over 20 years. She began her career at Cornerstone Christian School in 1991 as the K-8 music teacher. After earning a BS in social sciences at Eastern Michigan University, she taught at Ann Arbor Christian School for several years. She has also worked in Saline teaching Pre-kindergarten, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and at Livingston Classical School. Mrs. Windeler’s Masters coursework included curriculum development and reading. She has a passion for Christian education and strives to incorporate a Biblical world view in each subject taught. She lives in Brighton with her family and in her free time enjoys traveling, camping, cooking, and gardening.



Nancy Cullen // Preschool 3 and Preschool 4

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. Mrs. Cullen joined Cornerstone’s preschool program in 2009.

Abbie Nestor // Beginnergarten

Mrs. Nestor graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University where she concentrated her studies in Elementary Education. She has taught 1st, 4th and 3rd grade, and was also an elementary science teacher. Mrs. Nestor joins us from Plymouth-Canton school district where she taught 1st and 4th grade in their Virtual Academy. She is passionate about teaching students to find the answers to their own questions through inquiry and project-based learning and is looking forward to incorporating that model into all of her classes. Abbie and her husband Josh live in Howell with their son Owen.

Becky Anthony // Preschool Aide

Mrs. Anthony received an Associate in Business Studies Degree from Delta Community College. Becky and her husband John have been married for over 30 years and reside in Brighton with their three children Garrett, Gabrielle, and Grace. Mrs. Anthony has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 25 years. She has been highly involved in volunteering in the Brighton schools since her children entered preschool and continues to volunteer.. Becky has also volunteered over the years for her children’s sports teams from Team Treasurer, Team Manager to Youth Cheer Coach. Becky enjoys taking summer trips with her family where they can spend quality time together making lifelong memories.



Deanna Baker // Arts

Mrs. Baker earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Eastern Michigan University. After graduating, she moved out to Seattle, Washington, and freelanced for Wizards of the Coast before finding her dream job at Nintendo of America. There, she created logos and layouts for Nintendo Power Magazine, Player's Guides, and Manuals. After starting a family, the Bakers moved to Michigan and started their own functional art business, where they feel blessed to use their God-given talents to help others. Mrs. Baker has taught many workshops but is excited to teach and create with everyone at CCS!

Rachel Olson // Music

Mrs. Olson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Piano Pedagogy from Oakland University. She has shared her enthusiasm for music and Jesus through private teaching of piano and voice lessons for over 16 years. She has directed and arranged music for vocal groups and performs as a professional soloist regularly. Along with her joy of teaching music to CCS students, Mrs. Olson is Director of The Cornerstone School of Fine Arts.

Tiffany Jackson // Physical Education/Athletic Director

Ms. Jackson attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana where she was a member of the Women's Basketball team. Following her time there she played professionally in Austria. Professionally she has worked many years coaching basketball at the high school and collegiate level. She is also a licensed and ordained Minister and has worked many years in the youth department and women's ministry.

Marisol Rolfe // Spanish

Mrs. Rolfe graduated with a BA in Mathematics from Indiana University in Kokomo, Indiana. She has worked as an Information Analyst for a consulting company and as an English-Spanish interpreter and translator for Indianapolis and Brownsburg public schools. She lives in Brighton with her husband, three children, and a Labrador named Jack.

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Cornerstone Christian School is currently accepting teacher applications for the 2023/2024 school year. Applicants must be certified and have a love for the Lord. Call for more information.

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