Staff Directory

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Kris Hvattum

Our Dean of Students and Secondary School teacher has a BA in Biblical Literature and a Masters in Teaching from Northwest University. His favorite book is Mere Christianity because it helped him a lot early in his walk with Christ, and it continues to encourage him. Staying with the CS Lewis theme, Mr. Hvattum’s favorite literary character is Aslan the Lion because it helped him understand how God could be immeasurably powerful, yet gentle at the same time. Mr. Hvattum finds Philippians 2:5-11 helpful to know who he is in Christ. Mr. Hvattum and his wife both teach at Cornerstone Academy, and their two children attend as well.


Stephanie Gilles

Welcoming you at our front desk each morning is Stephanie Gilles. She loves Christian education and has one high school and one college student who has benefited from private Christian education.  Stephanie has a background working in childcare and office management and brings a sunny personality to our front desk to answer the phones and greet families each day.  She loves her dogs, is often found cheering at softball games for her daughter, and loves designing and decorating cakes.

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Kendra Hvattum

Our Pre-Kindergarten teacher has an AA in Integrated Studies and a certificate in International Event and Wedding Planning. She also works part-time as our Bookkeeper. She has always had a passion for kids and their growth both academically and spiritually. “There is something so special about when a child accepts Jesus into their heart, as well as when they write their name or read for the first time. I love being part of their journey and I am excited to see how God will use me!” Her favorite book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe since it parallels the Bible, and contains a constant battle between good and evil. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, and she always comes back to it whenever she is unsure about anything.

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Tracy Molina

Our kindergarten and 1st-grade teacher is so crucial to our student's long term success. She has been teaching since 2004 when she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BS followed by a Teaching Certificate from UW and is a certified Logos Scholar. Her favorite book is the Secret Garden. As a child, she loved the idea of a secret world. As an adult, she loves how the characters change and develop throughout the novel. Mrs. Molina’s favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” It reminds her that God is in control and that she needs to trust Him in everything. Mrs. Molina lives in Snohomish with her husband, middle school son, and she has a daughter who is off to college.

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  Lacey Hvattum

Our fifth and sixth-grade teacher has a BA in Elementary Education along with her K-8 Teaching Certificate, as well as her Masters in Teaching from Northwest University, and she is a certified Logos Scholar. She loves science fiction books because it presents humanity in different scenarios and causes her to wonder, “what if?” It is a stretch of her imagination and she finds this genre very entertaining! Lacey’s favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” She says she loves this verse because it helps remind her “life is not all about me! It may be hard at times, but God always has my back and is my strength in times of need.” She has one child in Beginning School and one child in Grammar School.

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Tracy Whitfield 

Our Director of Operations and Admissions has a BA in Political Science from Hillsdale College, her teaching credentials and is a certified Logos Scholar.  Tracy’s favorite historical figures are William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer because of their amazing examples of “ordinary” men who stood up for their faith and their beliefs at great costs.  She has found encouragement from Isaiah 41:10 in so many situations throughout her life. Tracy loves being outdoors, especially hiking and has a newfound love of snowshoeing.


Jeff Lamb

Our third-grade teacher is a true teacher at heart! His family has been at Cornerstone Academy for eight years. His four boys are students at our school. Jeff is always on the go and working on a new project. He likes to consider himself a farmer - growing produce, raising chickens and turkeys, and growing Christmas trees. Jeff grew up in Bremerton and loves the community and the area.



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Lea Tribble

Our art teacher and holds a BA in Art History from the University of Washington. Her favorite literary character is Samwise Gamgee because he is a faithful friend who musters up the courage to do and say what is right. Lea’s favorite bible verse is Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” It illustrates God’s love and devotion to his children and to her. She can relate to the 'knitted in the womb' imagery as a knitting mother herself. Lea has three boys and an orange tabby cat named Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge.


Leslie Schmunk

Our music teacher is passionate about music and sharing that passion with her students.

Austin VanBelle

Our PE teacher has a true passion for seeing kids of all ages involved in sports.  He coaches preschool classes all the up to secondary level P.E. classes and after school sports.  Coach Austin has also been a youth pastor at a local church; his works to develop good sportsmanship and skill in every student. 


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