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OUR ALUMNI

Our Alumni have been successful in going forward to great schools and careers.

Are you an alumnus or alumna? Please consider filling out our Alumni Form to be listed on here! For questions, contact Karen at  
Jordan Teevens

Dear Karen,

I saw your article on ď20 yearsĒ and Iím not sure why I couldnít believe it was that long ago considering Jordan is 19. I am SURE he is going to want to fill out the alumni form because JUST the other day, a song came on the radio about being kind and helpful and Cornerstone made itís way into the conversation!

He just finish Cadet Basic Training at the United States Military Academy-West Point and started classes yesterday. He did a Prep year at Cushing Academy after 4 years at Wachusett Regional and he loved Cushing!! He has always liked a strict schedule and being challenged and I truly believe that is from his few years at Cornerstone.

As I was reading your article, I thought about how much my mother would have LOVED to read about your success! She always loved you and Cornerstone (as you were remember she close-talked all of her FAVORITE people!!) ??

Thank you for being an extremely IMPORTANT part to Jordanís success! I hope you like the picture! This was just from this past Saturday shortly after the ďLong Gray LineĒ ceremony when he was accepted into the Corps of Cadets at West Point. ??

I hope you had a great summer and I will stop by if I am in the neighborhood!

-Krissy Teevens

Rowen Price

Hi! Iím at Middlebury College studying political science and Chinese. I have so many memories of it so itís hard to choose just one! I distinctly remember the village my class built out of branches behind the shed during recess, and how invested we all were in keeping it going for several years. I also loved and still have many of my research projects Ė an interactive model Viking boat as part of a Leif Eriksson paper, a decorated poster of Australia for our continents project, clay tapirs from an early rainforest unit. I just remember how every learning assignment turned into an opportunity to be creative.

-Rowen Price
Patti Staubs

Karen, It has been a long time since Cameron attended Cornerstone for kindergarten and first grade, but I wanted to let you know that she is graduating from High School this year (in Allen, TX) and she has been a very successful student. Her GPA is a 4.4 and she will be attending William and Mary in the Fall. She has been in the National Honor Society since 8th grade and has become a wonderful writer and insanely good at calculus. I know that the start she had at your school made a huge difference in her success. You gave her the foundation (or Cornerstone) she needed to become a motivated learner. I am so glad to see that Cornerstone is still going strong and that other children are getting that same advantage. Thank you for being such an integral part in educating our girl.

Sincerely,

-Patti Staubs

Harsh Deshmukh

Hi Mrs. McQuade!

Itís great to hear from you. I canít believe itís been 8 years since I graduated from Cornerstone!

Iím about to begin my second year at American University. Iím in the Politics, Policy & Law Scholars program, which is a combined 3 year BA/ 4 year MA program. Iím majoring in CLEG (communications, legal institutions, economics, & government). Aside from that, I just finished up an internship in Governor Bakerís Office of Boards and Commissions.

As for my favorite Cornerstone memory, Iíd have to say it would either when you taught me how to ice skate in 1st grade or the yearly trips to the Wayside Inn. Hope all is well!

Best,

-Harsh Deshmukh
American University Class of 2019

Megan Zhang

Hi Mrs. McQuade!

I hope you're well! I was in your kindergarten/ 1st grade class back in 1999-2001. I was reminiscing about Cornerstone with Brittany Rosenthal (also in the class with me) when I stumbled upon the website and ended up filling out the alumni form.

I'd like you to know that you have always been my favorite teacher. After I left Cornerstone to go to Hastings in 2nd grade, all my memories are sort of blurry, but I've always remembered your classroom so fondly and so well. Thank you for your love and guidance, and for telling me how impressed you were that I was sounding out flower even though I kept spelling it flour (I was so proud).

I attached a picture of my family at my sister Laura's graduation a couple months ago for the alumni form! She only had you for a year in 1st grade, but remembers you well and is also a big fan of Cornerstone!

Best wishes,

Megan Zhang

Cara Liasson

Favorite Cornerstone memory: While it is impossible to choose just "one" memory as even though I was at Cornerstone for just two years, I accumulated a lot of wonderful experiences. However if I really have to pick just one, I would say one of my favorite memories is when we would have a "Mad Lib" break in Mrs. Rawlings' class and we would go around the room and each contribute a noun, adjective, verb, etc. to make up a silly story. I remember each time the class would laugh hysterically as Mrs. Rawlings would read the story back to us with our suggestions, giving us all a fun-filled break.

After Cornerstone what schools did you attend?: After Cornerstone, I attended Touchstone Community School in Grafton, MA for grades five and six, the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA from grades seven through twelve, and I graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

How did Cornerstone prepare you for what you are doing today?: At Wheaton, I was an American History major. My passion for history was first "ignited" in the classroom of Mrs. Rawlings at Cornerstone as she would recount to us historical events, such as the Civil Rights Movement, that had me mesmerized. Learning about Ruby Bridges, sit-ins, Martin Luther King Jr., etc. instilled in me an intense interest for not only history as a whole, but specifically African American history. My interest in history has followed me through not only my academic career, but also my professional as I have completed internships at both the Lowell National Historical Park and Old Sturbridge Village. I credit Cornerstone for setting me and encouraging me on my academic paths.

Other comments?: I think incorporating alumni onto the wbesite is a great idea Ms. McQuade. Something that would also be a great idea would be an alumni reunion!

Tanvi Shah (Age 19)

Favorite Cornerstone memory: So I was in Cornerstone academy from Kindergarten till 2nd grade and those were awesome school years! I remember playing cards (WAR) with everyone and always having fun while learning! I think my favourite memory at Cornerstone was making our own butter and eating it with muffins in class!

After Cornerstone what schools did you attend?: I am currently in Mount Holyoke College in Western Mass and am a Psychology major with a Business minor.

Cameron Staubs (Age 18)

Karen,

It has been a long time since Cameron attended Cornerstone for kindergarten and first grade, but I wanted to let you know that she is graduating from High School this year (in Allen, TX) and she has been a very successful student. Her GPA is a 4.4 and she will be attending William and Mary in the Fall. She has been in the National Honor Society since 8th grade and has become a wonderful writer and insanely good at calculus. I know that the start she had at your school made a huge difference in her success. You gave her the foundation (or Cornerstone) she needed to become a motivated learner.

I am so glad to see that Cornerstone is still going strong and that other children are getting that same advantage.

Thank you for being such an integral part in educating our girl.

Sincerely,
Patti Staubs
Casey Russell

I'm currently a sophomore studying journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and I'm an editor with our student newspaper, The Daily Orange. Cornerstone holds some great memories, especially Drop Everything And Read, and short stories that we wrote during holiday seasons. Additionally, the teachers at Cornerstone were so encouraging. Even from such a young age, they helped foster the love of reading and writing that I'm now using as the foundation for my higher education and future career.
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