Meet Our Staff

The Cornerstone faculty and staff understand their high calling. Trained in classical pedagogy, our faculty model the Christian life, encourage students in their walk with the Lord, pursue academic excellence, insist upon graciousness in all interactions, and inspire students to develop a love for learning and wisdom.

 


 

Christopher Stevens
Headmaster
(785) 643-4460
headmaster@cornerstonesalina.com

Mr. Stevens, a Pennsylvania native, attended St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and received a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. With past leadership in both classical Christian, homeschool, and public schools, Mr Stevens brings diverse experience to Cornerstone.

He enjoys reading about history, philosophy, science, and education. A few of his recent favorites include Tyranny of the Experts and The Beautiful Tree. Other pastimes include camping, water sports, and building things.

He is married to Shannon and they have three children who attend Cornerstone, Katherine (13), Mary Arthur (11), and Jerome (6).


 

Cindy Ramsey
Latin Teacher

Cindy attended Emporia State University, receiving BA’s in Elementary Education & Early Childhood as well as, in Foreign Language for Secondary Education. She earned her Master’s degree from Kansas State University (KSU) in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in reading. She then earned her post-Master’s work degree in Family Life Education Consultation.

Cindy founded Love & Learn Preschool here in Salina, KS in 1981. She was selected as the USD 305 Master Teacher in 2008. Cindy has been teaching Latin for over 25 years and has been blessed to teach over 3,500 students, ranging from preschool through college.

Cindy enjoys teaching kids and showing them the love of Christ.

 


 Shannon Stevens

Preschool

Montessori certified in early childhood, Shannon graduated from Louisiana Tech University and Dallas Theological Seminary. She began teaching preschool in Ruston, Louisiana and has since taught Elementary English and writing. A former homeschool mom, she loves teaching. Shannon is mom to two girls and a boy. She and Chris have been married for seventeen years.

 


 

Hannah Fahrenthold
Kindergarten Teacher, Basketball Coach

Hannah is a graduate of McPherson College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Hannah attends First Covenant Church and has a heart for ministry as evidenced by her involvement in mission-work in the Midwest and Child Evangelism Fellowship Ministries. As a basketball coach and Sunday school teacher, Hannah has a passion for children. She has three sisters and enjoys reading and playing basketball.


Amy Thompson
Grade One Teacher

Amy began her teaching career in early childhood education for three years.  She received an elementary education degree from Kansas State University.  Amy then taught in the public schools for three years.  She has served as a part-time youth director and was actively involved in volunteering in her children’s school.  The last 12 years Amy has been teaching kindergarten at a Christian school in Salina.  Her passions are the Bible and teaching children to read.  She is very excited about teaching christian education through the classical style.  She firmly believes in classical education because it produces life long learners by teaching students how to learn rather than just teaching for a test.

Amy has been married to her husband Kenny for 27 years.  They have three grown daughters and are enjoying the empty nest!  Kenny and Amy are involved in ministry at First Covenant Church here in Salina.  Outside school, she enjoys reading, tutoring and spending time with family.



Deanna Cossette
Grades Two and Three Teacher

Deanna earned her bachelor’s degree from Kansas Weslyan University. After 4 years teaching early childhood students, she took a position teaching elementary grades at a local Christian school for the past 8 years. Her ten years in Christian education have laid the foundation for her gift and love of teaching. Deanna is a skilled teacher whose passion for the Lord and kids shines through her everyday in her classroom.

Deanna is married to Jack and they have three children: Jonathan and Ryun are in heaven with their eternal Father, and Morgan is a junior at K-State. Deanna is actively involved in First Covenant Church here in Salina. When she is not at school, she spends her time reading, exercising and helping Jack farm and ranch.

 


 Kimberly Disberger

Grade Four Teacher

Mrs. Disberger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Kim served as an AWANA leader and director at her past church in Newton. Kim and her husband, David, and their three boys moved to Salina in 2015. The Disbergers attend First Covenant Church.


Shan Copeland

School Secretary Physical Education Teacher

A graduate from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education, Shan was born in Marshalltown, Iowa and moved to Salina, Kansas at age six. A multi-sport high school athlete, Shan played basketball for Emporia State.

Shan has been married to Shawn for seventeen years. Shawn is the Executive Director of The City Teen Center. They have two children, Caleb 15 and Addison 13. Shawn and Shan have attended First Covenant Church for twenty years where they both have been involved in a variety of ministries.

Shan loves to sing, exercise, journal, spend time with her family, and deeply connect with Jesus and others through Bible study and intentional community.


Amy Crouse
Art Teacher

Amy attended the University of Nebraska, receiving a degree in Home Economics Education.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wichita State University.  She has twenty years’ experience teaching and counseling in the public school system.  She has also worked as a county extension agent and a rehabilitation counselor.   

Her undergraduate studies included units on interior and clothing design, which are based on the elements and principles of design. Over the course of her career, Amy has taken many art courses from both local artists and college professors.

Amy is married to Bruce, they have four adult children and six grandchildren.  They moved from Arkansas City to the Salina area in 2010.  While in Arkansas City, Amy was active in children’s ministry at Random Road Chapel.  They attend church at Bennington Bible Church in Bennington, Kansas.


Anita Barnhart
Middle School Science and Humanities

     Born and raised in Indiana, Anita attended Purdue University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry Education, Secondary level. After graduation, she worked in gene therapy research as applied to neuroblastoma, a devastating childhood cancer and the study of olfaction in neurotransmitters in the Caribbean spiny lobster.

     Throughout her adult life, she has taught many subjects to diverse age groups. Her passion is teaching all subjects through the lens of God’s Word; it is her conviction that only when we understand how the truth of the Bible relates to our learning can we expect to fully and soundly grasp and apply concepts as God intended.

     Anita is currently Teen Sunday School teacher, Ladies’ Bible Study Leader, Co-Youth Leader, and Christian Education committee member at Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Abilene, KS. Before joining Cornerstone, Anita, a stay-at-home mom, worked as a substitute at Southeast of Saline

     Anita has been married to her wonderful husband, Kurt, for 26 years; they have two incredible children: Isaac, 23, a DPT student at Wichita State University, and Evelyn, 18, a soon-to-be freshman studying Business at Sterling College in Sterling, KS.


Mark Ramsey
Middle School Mathematics Teacher

Mr. Ramsey is celebrating his fiftieth year of coaching and teaching young people. A graduate of both
Emporia State (Elementary Education and History) and Kansas State (Administration), Mr. Ramsey brings
 experience, wisdom, and a love for teenagers to Cornerstone. He is married to Cindy Ramsey and they attend First Covenant Church. Mark enjoys athletics, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, coaching, exercise, and his dog. He and Cindy have been married for fifty years.


Erin Hernandez
Grades Five and Six English and History and Music Teacher

In addition to an MBA, Erin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy and Youth Ministry, with minors in music and Christian Education from Kansas Wesleyan University. After serving as a Youth Director for several years, Erin transitioned to serving in ministry at First Covenant Church as a Sunday School teacher and VBS leader. In her spare time she enjoys reading, singing, trying out new recipes, and visiting the library and playing with her children. She has been married to Christopher since 2005 and they have two children, Aurora and Michael.