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.


Janelle Shaw

Grade Two Teacher

Mrs. Shaw and her husband Lee and live with their daughter Mikiah in Abilene. Lee works at Geoprobe Systems, and you might see Mikiah’s friendly face at the Chick-Fil-A window in Salina as she is taking a year off from college. With a masters in reading, Janelle has taught Kindergarten through Grade Five. Her family is extremely active and have bicycled across Kansas four times and run half marathons. They lift weights and bicycle regularly.



Deanna Cossette
Grade 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.


Erin Hernandez
Grades Five and Six English and History 

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.


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.


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.



Becky Keiswetter

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Keiswetter was born and raised in Salina Kansas. She played many sports while in school and graduated from Salina Central High School and attended The Academy of Hair Design. She is married to her husband Dustin and has 3 very active boys, Brody, Braun, and Briggs who love sports and fitness. Mrs. Keiswetter worked as a Cosmetologist for 7 years before becoming a stay-at-home-mom after having her 3rd child. Her family attends Crosspoint Salina where she serves as the Children Director, teaching kids to Love God, grow up and serve all.


Melissa Burrows
Music Teacher

Melissa is a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University with double major in Music Performance and Psychology.  She is a private piano and voice instructor for the past 13 years for students of all ages.  While maintaining her private studio she became a licensed Kindermusik Educator and opened Kindermusik with Melissa, where she teaches children birth to 7 years music and movement.

Melissa attends 1st Covenant Church where she is an active member of the church worship team.  In her spare time she enjoys performing in shows at the Salina Community Theatre.
She is married to Roman and together they have three children, Teagan, Roman (RJ) and Paxton.