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.

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Mrs. Mayeski, Principal

As the School Principal, Mrs. Mayeski loves learning and every subject is her favorite.  For this reason, she is very passionate about Christ the Cornerstone Academy (CTCA) where students have the opportunity to learn to read, write, and become competent in math - students also learn about social studies, history, science, learn to love music, explore art, become competent with technology, and learn to keep their bodies in good physical shape.. click here to read more.

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Miss Briones, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mrs. Fisher, 4th & 5th 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.

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Mrs. Carel, Music Teacher

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Mrs. Isabelle, Art Teacher

Teaching Art to CTCA students is a deep-rooted passion for Isabelle.    Attending San Diego State University, she received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies.  “Art, it is exciting to see the students imagination come to life.  I am always amazed at their talent.”  Click here to read more.

Miss Alison, Administrative Secretary & Bookkeeper

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You have faith in Christ Jesus and love for all of God’s people. …You learned about this hope when you heard the true teaching, the Good News that was told to you.  Colossians 1:4-5