Academy Teachers & Staff
At Christ the Cornerstone Academy, our teachers are second to none. They are the best of the best, highly educated, infused with high morals and values, go by a strict code of ethics, and have a deep love of our Lord Christ Jesus.
We invite you to learn more about our teachers and staff by reading about them below. In addition to personally getting to know our teachers and staff, you can also learn about weekly homework assignments and special updates (specific to each teacher) by clicking the "Click here for homework & updates" in the appropriate teacher section.
Mrs. Di Sabatino, Kindergarten Teacher
Attending Concordia University, Irvine for her undergraduate and Cal State San Marcos for her Credentials and Graduate Work, Adrienne received her Christian Education Leadership Degree and a Masters in Education. Her favorite subject to teach is the Bible because it is the guidebook for life and Social Studies because it stimulates the student’s imagination. Working in the educational field for over seven years... click here to read more.
Mrs. Bortz, 1st Grade Teacher
I am a mother of two wonderful children, a set of twins that are heading into the fourth grade this fall. As a mother of elementary school children, I try to be flexible and understanding with my student's parents. I can assure you there are very few things I haven't heard or experienced first-hand as a parent myself... click here to read more.
Mrs. Hathaway, 2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Patricia Hathaway, but I go by Patty. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the fifth child out of six. I was not raised in the church, but went to Sunday school occasionally with friends. After graduating in 1976 from Oregon State University with a degree in Journalism, God called me to San Diego where He became my Lord and Savior... click here to read more.
Mrs. Defensor, 3rd Grade Teacher
Teaching third grade to CTCA students, Christina’s favorite subject is reading because it is essential and she enjoys teaching kids how to write stories. Attending Mesa Jr. College and National University, she earned an Associate Degree in Child Development, a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies, and a Masters in Education. Working in the educational field for over 14 years... click here to read more.
Mrs. Fisher, 4th Grade Teacher
Attending Cal State University Long Beach, Jackie earned a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and equivalent postgraduate units to fulfill a Master’s Degree. When asked what her favorite subject to teach is, she responded, “I love to teach all my subjects from a Christian world-view to see God at work through the natural world (science); see His hand in history; and teach kids how to express themselves through God’s gift of language. Seeing God’s work become relevant in... click here to read more.
Mrs. Talbott, 5th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Katie Talbott was born and raised in Minnesota. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to pursue a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Elementary Education with minors in Special Education and Psychology at Augustana University. Graduating in 2012, she found herself a job teaching 1st graders in Yuma, Arizona where she had never been and did not know anyone... click here to read more.
Mrs. Carel, Music Teacher
As a Christian role model to all the students from Preschool to 5th grade, I teach music to develop the whole child. Music develops the child physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Christ in Education is fundamental, as I teach Praise songs and hymns in my music curriculum. I love teaching the students worship in Chapel and Sunday services through singing, dancing, drama, and playing instruments... click here to read more.
Ms. Carlos, Computer and PE Teacher
I started my higher education late in life. In my late thirties, I decided to go back to school to get a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. However, after just my second year, the Lord called me in a different direction, Christ the Cornerstone Academy. I now have, close to, seventeen years of “on the job training”, since 2000. I have worked with over 1700 children and their parents throughout the school year, and nearly 600 more, through our summer program. I love the children. I love my job(s). I love our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...click here to read more.