Faculty & Staff

Jon English Lee - Headmaster

Jon English Lee

Mr. Lee received an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Auburn Montgomery and earned his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Southern Seminary. Mr. Lee and his wife, Rebekah, are the parents of three sons: Jonny (K5), Jack, and Graham. The Lees attend Morningview Baptist Church.

Michelle Y. Blount - Secretary

Michelle Blount has served in the Secretary capacity at Cornerstone since 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1997. Mrs. Blount and her husband Ronnie are members of Dalraida Baptist Church, where she joyfully serves in the children's, youth, and women's ministries. The Blount's are the proud parents of two young men, Charlie and Sam, who are both students at Cornerstone.

Grammar School

Angie Martin - Kindergarten

Angie Martin

Angie Martin received an B. S. degree in education from Auburn University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Alabama. She joined Cornerstone's faculty in 2017 with 17 years of experience teaching in the Classical Christian tradition. She and her husband, John, have 3 adult children. They attend Trinity Presbyterian Church where they enjoy singing in the Chancel Choir.

Jordan Rae Gaines - First Grade

Jordan Gaines

Jordan Rae Gaines has been teaching first grade at Cornerstone for seven years. She received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English with an Education minor from Auburn Montgomery and a Master of Letters in Liberal Arts focusing on Classical Christian education. During her undergraduate work, Mrs. Gaines taught English as a Second Language to elementary, college, and continuing education students in northern China and Montgomery. She and her husband, Austin Gaines, attend 2Cities Church in downtown Montgomery. They welcomed their first child to their family, Emma Louise, in January 2016 and are anxiously awaiting their second child in May 2018.

Jennifer Graham - Second Grade

Jennifer Graham graduated from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1993 with a BS degree. She has been teaching 2nd grade at Cornerstone for six years. Jennifer is wife to Greg, a Lay Pastor at Morningview Baptist Church who served on the founding committee for Cornerstone. Jennifer is mother to Andrew (2015 graduate of CCCA), Anna Grace (11th grade) and Elijah (5th grade). She has a passion and love for children and is in her 18th year serving as Preschool Director for Morningview. She loves to spend time with family and friends, read, travel and host fellowships in their home.

Michele Hough - Third Grade

Michele Hough holds an elementary education degree from the University of Mobile. Michele has served in various ways in the ministry of Cornerstone over the past ten years. She has been a board member and a dedicated parent volunteer as well as a second grade teacher. Michele’s love for the Lord and her students is contagious! Michele and her husband Judd are members of Morningview Baptist Church. They chair the missions committee at the church. The Hough’s three daughters are all students at Cornerstone.

Christy Taunton - Fourth Grade

Christy Taunton has taught for over 16 years and has served at Cornerstone for the past eight. Christy enjoys teaching with classical methodology and her creative flair has been a blessing to all of the teachers on our staff. The Taunton family attends Trinity Presbyterian Church where the family participates in the music and youth ministries. The Tauntons have three children Matthew (2016 CCCA graduate), Hannah (12th) and Elizabeth (9th).

Melissa Price - Fifth Grade

Melissa Price, a Montgomery native, graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from Auburn Montgomery with her BS degree in 2004. One of her greatest passions in life is teaching young people that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. She has taught the 5th grade at Cornerstone for four years. Melissa is married to Ennis Price, and together they have two children who attend Cornerstone. The Price family worships at Landmark Church of Christ.

Mona Robinson - Sixth Grade

Mona Robinson attended Pensacola Christian College where she earned at BS in elementary education. Mona has taught for over twenty-five years; the last twelve in the sixth grade at Cornerstone. As a veteran teacher Mona’s understanding of classical methodology and her passion for helping students acquire a Biblical worldview has served as the capstone for our elementary school. Mona and her husband Steve attend Heritage Baptist Church where they both participate in the music ministry. The Robinsons have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Donna Barrs - Sixth Grade

Donna Barrs earned a Masters degree in elementary education from Auburn Montgomery. She has 34 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools. Her most recent assignment was at Lighthouse Christian Academy as the fourth grade teacher. Mrs. Barrs is a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir and co-leads the Stephen Ministry. She and her husband Mark have two young adult sons.

Michelle Bula - Grammar School Art

Michelle Bula teaches elementary art. Michelle also advises the Yearbook staff, comprised of ninth through twelfth grades. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Phillips University in 1989. Michelle began teaching at Cornerstone in 2008 and helped to launch Logos, the school yearbook in 2011. Michelle and her family are members of Mountain View Baptist Church, Wetumpka, where she serves as VBS director. She and her husband John have 2 grown children.

Addie DePace - Grammar School & Logic Latin

Addie DePace has taught over the years in several different venues. She has been and is actively involved in homeschooling her children who range in age from 24 to 16. Addie’s experience in teaching at Tall Oaks Classical School in Delaware gave her a love for and expertise in teaching Latin. She believes that Latin is a great source of enrichment for the classically educated student. Addie is married to Reed DePace who serves as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

Jessica Head - Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric Music

Logic & Rhetoric Schools

Priscilla Stewart - Omnibus

Priscilla Stewart attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she earned at BA in Christian education. Priscilla has taught for over twenty-five years; the last twelve at Cornerstone. As a veteran educator Priscilla’s understanding of classical methodology and her passion for helping students and ministering to parents to acquire a Biblical worldview has served as the capstone for our school. Priscilla and her husband John attend The Church at Chantilly where they both serve in various capacities. The Stewarts have ten grown children and twelve grandchildren.

Cody Floate - Omnibus


Kees Kalonick - Omnibus

Kees Kalonick graduated from Faulkner University in 2015 with a BA in English. He worked as an adjunct professor of English at Faulkner for two years and as a writing tutor for four years. Kees has a passion for stories in all their forms and seeks to instill that passion in his students. Similarly, he believes that philosophy can deepen and strengthen faith and brings that belief to his classroom. Kees has been married for two years, and worships at Hunter Hills church of Christ.

Kristen Alston - Science & Math

Kristen Alston worked for two years doing research for an organic chemistry professor at the University of South Alabama before earning her BS in Chemical Engineering. Since she has earned her professional engineer license in the state of Alabama. Kristen instructs our Logic & Rhetoric students in sciences and math. She is married to Dr. Johnnie Alston, and they have four Cornerstone students, Owen, Brodie, Ansley, and Abigail. The family attends Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

Michael Kessler - Science & Math

Michael Kessler is a member of Morningview Baptist Church and enjoying his third year of teaching at Cornerstone. Mr. Kessler teaches in our science and math departments in our upper school. In addition he is extremely qualified to teach theology. Mr. Kessler graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in electrical engineering and received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary with a concentration in Christian missions. He is presently enrolled in the PhD program at the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Mike is married to Mandy and they have two daughters, who both attend CCCA.


About Cornerstone Academy's Origin

Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy was born out of the vision of Morningview Baptist Church. Morningview is a Southern Baptist church located in historic Montgomery, Alabama.

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