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Alumni of the Month-Whitley Lindholm
Hello my name is Whitley Lindholm. I attended Cornerstone from the age of two to five years old. My older brother, Garrett, also went to school there for a time before me. Cornerstone was a big family to me during my childhood. I have actually stayed in contact with many of my classmates over the years including my college roommate at Abilene Christian University, Jacey Withrow. I played collegiate soccer while at ACU and earned a business management degree, graduating summa cum laude. I chose a Christ centered university because of the very Christian foundation that Cornerstone helped to build in my life. Today I live and work in Leander, TX where I am a 6th grade middle school history teacher and 7th/8th grade girls coach. A few of my fondest memories while at Cornerstone have to be learning to swim with my floaties, bring your bike days, and of course the famous pony pictures that are still proudly displayed in my parent’s house. I am continually thankful for the friendships and devoted teachers at Cornerstone that taught me what it means to live with passion and a purpose.
July 2018 Alumni of the Month- Elizabeth Hauser
I have many fond memories of attending Cornerstone from Pre-K through 3rd grade. Years later I went to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) where I studied Graphics Design. By exploring my creativity in the visual arts, I found I loved both graphics design and photography and wanted to make a career from these passions. After graduating college, I joined the Williamson County Sun newspaper on the beautiful square in downtown Georgetown. While working as one of the graphics designers at the newspaper, I clarified what the heart of my passion was: to provide high quality service and products that aid customers in communicating their unique goals and personalities.
I am currently building my own business, called Chirpy Graphics and Photography, where I get to combine both of my favorite interests! A few years ago I developed another ongoing interest, ballroom dancing, where I met my(now) fiance and favorite dancing partner! We look forward to getting married this November in Georgetown where we will continue to grow our lives together. Through all the ups and downs, I have developed a deep sense of gratitude for what God has provided me with over the years. I love to develop the gift of creativity that God has given me and look forward to building upon those gifts so that I may bless others in the many years to come.
My name is Jordan Montemayor. I went to Cornerstone until the 4th grade. I learned so much! Besides our lessons, we were shaped into kind and considerate kids. I remember song service being a big part of our week; seeing who was going to be courtesy king or queen was so exciting. Once I was old enough, I applied for a job at Cornerstone. I loved being able to teach kids the things that were taught to me. My nephews now attend Cornerstone, and seeing them as confident, caring children is fantastic.
I attended Cornerstone for 2nd grade, so I would have been 8, I think. My teacher was Miss Taylor, and she was the best. I remember making calendars to decorate my "cubicle" desk and making crafts out of laminated paper. 🙂
I married my husband Dean in 2003 and then graduated from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in 2004.
We moved to Modesto, CA, where we started practicing dentistry. Our son Liam was born in 2013.
April 2018 Alumni of the Month- Tanna Kee
Cornerstone Connection has been a part of my life since I was little. I first went to school there when I was 3 years old because my mom, Jenni Solomon started working there. Cornerstone provided a loving and nurturing foundation that I am still thankful for today. I returned to Cornerstone when I was in my teens as the lifeguard for the summer, yes they used to have a pool! I then moved away for college and after I received my degree from the University of Santa Barbara, I came back to Round Rock and started my teaching career back where it all began, Cornerstone Connection. I started as an assistant teacher and then moved into a lead teaching position for a few years until I moved out of the country to South Korea to teach English. In recent years, I obtained my Directors Certification and now run my own preschool in Georgetown where I live.
At the beginning of the year, I attended a Directors Symposium that asked us to reflect on where our love for teaching and caring for children stemmed from. The answer for me was easy, my passion for Early Childhood Education is one that runs in my blood from my mom, and also one that had developed through Cornerstone Connection. The amount of education, support, love, and compassion that exists in the walls of Cornerstone has left a lasting impression on my soul. I am so grateful and blessed to be a part of the Cornerstone Connection Family.
March 2018 Alumni of the Month-Katrina Runge
My name is Katrina Runge. I want to start by saying that I loved Cornerstone more than anything when I was a kid! From the amazing castle jungle gyms on the playground to the most amazing teachers and experiences, I have the best memories from Cornerstone. I was 8 weeks old when I started and attended until the end of 3rd grade. I can remember saying that I never wanted to leave 3rd grade just because I loved Cornerstone so much! Cornerstone provided me with such a great foundation for life, with the school’s Christian influence and teachings of Jesus and God. I even remember Ms. Montemayor teaching us Spanish! What other daycare and elementary school does that?
I can remember all of our Christmas productions and the intricate costumes we wore. I was an angel one year, a wise man another, and even Mary once! I remember the awesome summers spent at the pool, picking pecans on the ground that fell from the pecan trees, having picnics under the trees, and having watermelon seed spitting competitions! I remember playing kickball and capture the flag on the field, and riding our bikes and roller blades in the parking lot! I loved song service, and I even try to sing some of those same songs we learned to my niece! I loved every time that I received Courtesy Queen. It always made me feel so proud and gave me such a boost of confidence at a young age. I love this practice because it is very encouraging to young children. The memories I have from Cornerstone are countless. My younger brother and sister also went to Cornerstone and had the same amazing experience that I did. I can only hope that one day, if I ever move back to Round Rock, my children will be able to go here.
I am now 28, all grown up (not really), and I believe one of the older Cornerstone alums. I married my best friend Ryan 2 years ago and we currently live in San Antonio. We are foster parents to our beautiful niece who is 2 years old, and are also parents to our 5 year old Chocolate lab fur baby. I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, and I am currently an Assistant Bookkeeper. Just recently, I started my own business called Southern Vineyard Vintage Rentals. It’s a brand new adventure and I can’t wait to see where it leads my family! In my spare time I love reading, painting, going for hikes with my husband, traveling and striving to be a better person. Thank you Cornerstone for helping me become the person I am today!
February Alumni of the Month-Rebekah Brooks
My name is Rebekah Brooks, formerly Rebekah Teeter. I started my first day of pre-school at Cornerstone as a shy and quiet 4 year old back in 1996. Cornerstone really helped me break out of my shell! I have such positive and happy memories from Cornerstone - things like collecting "crystals" from the playground, pretending to be asleep at nap time, or song services where Mrs. Kincaid would lead us with her guitar and singing.
I stayed at Cornerstone through 3rd grade, and I can hardly begin to express how special it was to have built a Christian foundation so early in life. I remember hearing daily Bible stories and learning about Jesus, which is rare and valuable. All the teachers and staff were so kind and compassionate, and they modeled it for us kids. I made some friends at Cornerstone that I kept through high school and beyond.
After high school, I went to The University of Texas at Austin and got my Business degree in Marketing. While I was there, I was serving in a Christian student-ministry called Ignite, which I was very passionate about. It was there I met my husband, Kevin. We have been married and loving it for 3 1/2 years now.
We now live up in north Dallas, where I am a Software Analyst for a company that develops Loyalty Program software. In my spare time I like crafting, board games, and playing with... get this... my 3 pet rats (I know... it’s not for everyone, I understand!). And finally, my husband and I attend a wonderful church and are part of a community group where we get to grow deeper in The Word.
I am so thankful to Cornerstone for helping shape me in my early formative years into who I am today. I am glad my mom found Cornerstone way back in 1996, and wept tears of joy during her tour for having found the perfect school for her shy daughter. 🙂 I'm not kidding, she really did cry.
My name is Cassidy Woodall:) Most of Cornerstone knows me as Miss Cassidy. I had the privilege of growing up with Cornerstone in my life as well as my family’s lives as I am the oldest of eight children in my big beautiful, blended family.
Mrs. Solomon used to drive my van that would pick me up for the elementary after school care program Cornerstone had from my 2nd through fourth grade years. My younger siblings Aaron, Grace and Faith also went to Cornerstone.
I had the special privilege of not only reaping the lifelong benefits of the firm Christ-centered foundation that was instilled within my young life through Cornerstone, but also to have the unique opportunity for continual character and spiritual growth at Cornerstone working for the school for five years as a young adult.
One thing that time never changed about Cornerstone and the leadership there is the resolve that they have to bring glory and honor to God in every small thing. That resolve is passed on to the staff as well as a true passion and appreciation for the beautiful work of caring for His children! It is not just a job, it is truly a ministry and each staff member recognizes and exemplifies that whether it be with the tiny babies in the infant center or the pre-k children God truly does bless this school in ways that could only come from His hand. I experienced firsthand a family atmosphere at Cornerstone and a rare and true teamwork attitude that has shaped the way that I work, study, and view others to this day.
My time at Cornerstone is now over, but thanks to the example and encouragement of many hardworking mentors that have played a huge influence in my life I am now graduated with my bachelors degree in Psychology from Liberty University , working for my family business named Ministering Physicians -a house call team of medical professionals who visit the elderly or disabled, and studying for the entrance exam for medical school. My goal is to specialize in either Pediatrics, Neurology, or Geriatrics. I haven’t decided which yet- as I truly love helping all people! No matter what stage of life I am in I will always remember all that the Lord has taught me through Cornerstone. The impact that the firm foundation Cornerstone gave me and the safe environment it afforded me to grow and mature in will only keep growing as I walk out this journey.
December Alumni of the Month- Allix Jackson
My name is Allix Copeland Jackson, and I am a proud Cornerstone Alum. Currently I live in Georgetown, Texas with my husband Randle, and our two boys. Eli is 5 and started Kindergarten this year, and Cameron is 8 months old. I graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 and am now in software sales.
I went to Cornerstone from the time I was 2 years old until 4th grade. I loved everything about my Cornerstone memories…some of my favorites were Song Service and earning Courtesy Queen, playing kickball and capture the flag out in the field, and summer camp time when we would swim in the above ground pool.
My brother J.T. also went there, and I loved that although we were 2 years apart, we still shared friends and activities among our grade levels. I made life long friends at Cornerstone, and also was taught a solid foundation of behavioral and morale expectations. I have since taken those lessons and applied them in our home as the expectations for our children.
My name is Brian Baker and I went to Cornerstone for 2 years in 1998 and 1999 when I was 4 & 5 years old.
I remember song service and singing in a Christmas concert.
I also remember being a courtesy king! Going to Cornerstone was fun.
I am 23 now. After high school I went on to play college baseball as a right handed pitcher.
In 2016, I graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a degree in Accounting.
Now I am an Auditor with the Office of Inspector General.
Last year I bought my first home, here in Round Rock, close to my family.
I love to travel and have been all over the world including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and Russia.
I also like to go hunting, fishing, play poker, and give pitching lessons.
I am the oldest of 5 kids and all of my brothers went to Cornerstone and my little sister even goes there now.
It’s been a big part of our family!
October 2017 Alumni of the Month
I started Cornerstone when I was 3 years old back in 1996, and stayed at Cornerstone until 3rd grade.
There I learned things that would define the person I am today and made lifelong friends that are still a big part of my life.
I graduated with a degree in criminal justice and became a 911 dispatcher for Williamson county. I love my job.
My dispatch partner is one of my friends I met at Cornerstone when we were 3 years old.
Working with her makes this tough job a little easier.
I got married back in July and it's one of the best and hardest things I've ever done.
I can't wait to see what else God has in store for me in my life, but I'm ready.
September 2017 Alumni of the Month
My name is Shea Baker and I attended Cornerstone from 2000-2004.
I went to Cedar Ridge High School and graduated in June 2017.
I am now a Freshmen at Rice University and a member of the Rice Football team.
I haven't decided what I am going to major in yet, but most likely something in Business or Economics.
I remember going to Cornerstone and having the song service and being the Courtesy King.
I also remember learning about being kind and helping others.
I am the second oldest of 5 kids and my four brothers and little sister also went to and or are going to Cornerstone now.
It has been a big part of our family!
August 2017 Alumni of the Month- Zachary Dee
My name is Zach Dee and I attended Cornerstone for both the after school program and third grade. Before attending Cornerstone, I was a below average student; I struggled in reading the most. After one year of Cornerstone's help, I was reading at a high school level and am very thankful for that.
Beyond third grade, I was re-enrolled in public school where I kept values that I had learned at Cornerstone. Values like trying my best, treating others with love and respect, and keeping a good relationship with God. I have used these skills at work, in the Navy, and now as a father. Thank you Cornerstone for having a positive and permanent effect in my life.
July 2017 Alumni of the Month- Kimberly Hauser
I recently graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication. Although I have only resided in Texas, I was fortunate enough to study abroad twice in both Leipzig, Germany and Oxford, England. During these two trips, I was able to explore other countries as well, considering these study abroad experiences to be incredibly formative and foundational in who Christ is growing me to be.
I have a passion for Theatre and love to see the rich connection between Theatre and my education in communication studies. Currently, I am interning at ZACH Theatre in Austin to explore that connection further and how I can nurture those passions. I attended Cornerstone for Pre-K and still recall great memories of my teacher and my friends. My favorite memory of Cornerstone was when my class got to perform tumbling gymnastics for the parents, and I laugh at the thought of my Pre-K self attempting a somersault.
June 2017 Alumni of the Month- Aaron Woodall
My name is Aaron Woodall, I am currently a student of political science at Southwestern University, and I am excited to participate in an internship at the U.S. Capitol this coming Fall.
I attended Cornerstone for my Pre-K and Kindergarten years of schooling, and it will forever hold a special place in my heart. In my experience as a college student, as well as in other spheres of life, I have come to appreciate the vital importance of having a strong foundation upon which I can stand and weather whatever challenge may arise to confront me. The construction of these indomitable foundations—grounded in biblical truth—is precisely the work of Cornerstone. For that, I am exceedingly grateful.
Cornerstone had a formative influence on my social development, as well. It created an environment wherein I was able to forge friendships that lasted for many years and that brought me immense joy. I still remember running around the playground pretending to be a knight with my friends, and the intense excitement that would rise within me as I would glance out the window to see the Tumble Bus pulling up. It’s precious moments and memories such as these that I will treasure forever, and that Cornerstone imprints upon every child that has the privilege to walk through its doors.
My name is Brittany (Montemayor) Flores. My amazing husband Bobby Flores and I have two beautiful boys, Bobby (age 4) and Baker (age 2). I am an order management coordinator/planner at Flextronics and am currently working towards my business degree. My schedule is full and my days are crazy, but the only thing I know is that I don’t have to worry about my boys during the day. We are so blessed to have Cornerstone and their amazing staff watch over the boys and love them when my husband and I have to be at work.
I absolutely love the fact that I get to send my boys to the school that I loved as a child. I started going to Cornerstone when I was around my boys’ age and I went there all the way through my 3rd grade year. I made so many great memories while going to school at Cornerstone, everything from going on field trips to hoping that I would get picked as courtesy queen at song service. Back then we didn’t have the Kinectory, but we did have a pretty awesome pool to keep us cool during the summer.
Not only was Cornerstone my first school, but it was also my first place of employment. I returned to Cornerstone working as a teacher’s assistant for many years. It is such a positive and loving environment. When it was time to send my children to school, there was no question where they would be going.
Bobby has been at Cornerstone since he was one and Baker since he was eight months old. The boys both love to go to school every day to see their teachers and friends. They are excited to see what they are going to learn that day and what they are going to get to do in the Kinectory.
My heart is so full knowing that they are in good hands and that they are happy during the day. No other school can compare to Cornerstone and I thank God every day that I am able to send my babies there.
April 2017 Alumni of the Month-Meghann Oldis
My name is Meghann Oldis. I am married to my best friend, Jeff Oldis, and have two little girls, Harper and Adalyn Oldis. I am a social worker and currently work for Angelheart Foster/Adoption Agency. I train and license foster/adoptive parents and work with Child Protective Services to place children in foster/adoptive homes. I love everything about my job!
My girls have been attending Cornerstone since they were each 6 weeks old. Harper is currently 3 ½ years old and Adalyn is currently 6 months old. Cornerstone means more to me than I can even put into words. I started at Cornerstone when I was very young. I graduated kindergarten from Cornerstone and attended the after school and summer program once I entered public school.
I have very fond memories of Cornerstone as a child to include, song service, swimming in the pool during the summers, field trips, dodge ball games on the open field, and many more memories. I I always knew that I would send my children to Cornerstone too. When we got pregnant with Harper, I immediately contacted
Mrs. Kincaid to get her on the waiting list. I remember crying the entire weekend before she started and remember the guilt I felt leaving my infant at school. All of her teachers made me feel so much better when I dropped her off on her first morning. After that morning, I never cried again as I knew my baby was in good hands. I have loved watching Harper thrive at Cornerstone over the past 3 ½ years. I have adored every single teacher Harper has had thus far and know that she has always been loved and happy at school. When we became pregnant with Adalyn, I knew she too would be in good hands. I love so many things about Cornerstone. I love that every teacher has a smile on their face every single day (even at 7:00 am!).
I love how passionate all of the teachers are about their children. I love the way they communicate with parents, and are always accommodating and helpful. I love Mrs. Lexa’s passion about making the school the absolute best it can be, and of course her wonderful sensory lab! I love that my girls learn important Biblical morals and values from an early age. I love watching my girls learn every day. Most of all, I love that Cornerstone teachers love my girls the way they do, I could not ask for more as a parent. We are so blessed to have Cornerstone and the teachers in our lives!
Special Edition-Alumni Teacher Rhonda Inman
Hi. My name is Rhonda Inman. My Cornerstone students remember me as Ms. Kaderka. I recently moved to Salado, Texas with my husband S.C. Inman, and our three boys. Hunter is 19 and attends Texas Tech University. S.C. V is 9 and loves baseball. Hayes is 4 and loves trash trucks and water towers. I am currently a blessed stay at home mommy and I teach piano lessons in the afternoons.
It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. That is exactly how I feel about teaching! I knew I wanted to be a teacher before I finished elementary school. I was blessed to attend and graduate from Concordia University at Austin with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I then had the privilege of meeting Letty Kincaid, owner of Cornerstone Connection. Mrs. Kincaid shared her vision of opening a private Christian school full of Christ-centered learning environments that foster life, worship, growth, creativity, and the love of Jesus. I immediately knew that God directed my path in such a way that I began teaching first and second grade for Cornerstone Connection.
I taught at Cornerstone for 3 years. I was so blessed to loop up with my students each year. I knew my students very well. We had a level of trust and they felt comfortable talking to me as a trusted mentor. I absolutely loved opening each morning and ending each day in prayer with my students. Every child in my classroom knew that they were a child of God, made in His image and dearly loved by their Heavenly Father.
I have so many fond memories with my students. I’ve listed some.
*Show & Tell *Courtesy King & Queen
*End of the Year Program
*Making Gingerbread Houses
*Purple Cornerstone Shirt
*My Students Meeting Hunter
*Weekly Bible Verse
Cornerstone Connection will forever hold a special place in my heart. I still smile when I think about all of my students from there. I loved that I got to know each of my students really well. I was able to watch them grow in faith. I knew what their strengths and struggles were, what their interests were, and I got to know their families well. I love that I still hear from some of my former Cornerstone students. I am friends with so many of my students on Facebook. It warms my heart to see what they are doing with their life. I thank God every day for putting Letty Kincaid and Cornerstone Connection in my life.