Technology Instructor / Director of IT
Degrees and Certifications: B.A.- Art/Multimedia California State University Hayward; M.A. - Teaching City University
Mr. Mo has been with Cornerstone since 2003 teaching at all grade levels. He enjoys using his experience and expertise in technology, to engage students and make learning fun. His favorite thing about teaching is helping students find their voice, gifts and the path that God has for them.
Middle School Science and Humanities Teacher
Degrees and Certifications: B.A. - Education; M.A. - Human Services Counseling; M.A. - Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Mrs. Jacquet has been working at Cornerstone for 25 years. She loves interacting with students and helping to move them forward in what they love. She sees Middle School students as an adventure. They are at a pivotal time in their life, she finds being a part of that is exciting. She thrives seeing student's potential and the end result as students come back and share how God is moving in their adult life. Darcy also counsels through A New Life Christian Counseling. This experience enables her to be a more effective teacher. When not at work, she enjoys her husband Dave, son Jonathan, and pug Toby.
Middle School Humanities Teacher
I’m excited to join the amazing staff of CCA this year! This will be my sixth year teaching the humanities to 7th and 8th grade students, as well as a leadership elective, and I absolutely love it! Prior to teaching, I served as a youth ministries director to 6th-12th grade students in San Jose, California. At the same time, I also served as the Community Relations & Events Coordinator for 4others, a nonprofit ministry (that was started by 11-17 year olds!) dedicated to collaborating with others in the fight against local and global poverty. So, I hold high standards for my students. Why? Because they are capable of doing amazing things! My primary goals in the classroom are
- Students will develop a global mindset, engaging with different perspectives, cultures, and sources, so that they will be effective ambassadors for Christ.
- Students will strengthen their written and verbal skills so that they can use their voices to effect positive change in our world.
- Students will become leaders among this generation, learning when and how to make a difference.
- Finally, I aim for my students to believe that learning is FUN, and feel empowered to discover, create, and share with the world around them.
- I have 7 younger sisters (including three amazing foster sisters).
- My husband and I moved to Portland, OR two years ago so he could pursue his dream in becoming an architect.
- I love trying out extreme sports, which has included rock climbing, spelunking, bungee jumping, and skydiving… but, I’m afraid of Ferris wheels.
- Some of my favorites are: turquoise, coffee, used book stores, Oreos, and summer!
- Instagram: @april4others
Middle School Math Teacher
Degrees and Certifications: B.A. - Psychology (Oregon State)
Aloha! My name is Shaun Palakiko and I am blessed to be joining the amazing team at Cornerstone Christian Academy. This is truly an answer to prayer. Where is home for me? This is both a fun and complicated question. I was born and raised in Hawaii and specifically on the island of Oahu. There I enjoyed the performing arts such as Marching Band, Concert Glee as well as Hawaiian/Polynesian Dance. I then went to Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where I completed my B.A. in Psychology. After that, I began a career in hotel management at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C. This is also where I met my beautiful wife of now seven years. After that, we transferred to work at the Hilton Vancouver Washington which became our home for three years. Then we uprooted ourselves to Amman, Jordan for five years where we both served at an international school. Here is where I discovered my passion for teaching. I taught math for both elementary and middle school aged students. I also have experience teaching English, Science, Social Studies, Bible and even ESL. Teaching has become a calling for me and I am thankful to God for this ministry. So for me, home is not merely a physical place but rather found in community with God’s people and especially discipling the next generation of Believers. Now that I am back in the Northwest, I am looking forward to enjoying the outdoors by going hiking and playing frisbee golf. Furthermore, I am hoping to attend live sporting events such as football and basketball. I enjoy studying theology and education.
Degrees and Certifications: A.A. - Skagit Valley Community College; BA - Western Washington University, Master's - Education (Washington State)
Mrs. Gaston she enjoys watching the students thrive, spiritually, mentally, and physically in any Physical Education and Bible Activity they participate in. She reports that the students are the highlight of her day, and really appreciates the privilege of working in a school where she can use the name of JESUS and share him with all the students she comes in contact with. Outside of work, she enjoys working out, and spending time with her husband and sons, and coaching volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Mrs. Gaston believes that God has truly blessed her to be a part of a school and community where the mission is to partner with parents to teach the truth and love of God's Word and to inspire students to pursue excellence spiritually, personally, academically, relationally, and physically, while equipping them for spending a lifetime of service to Jesus Christ.
Degrees and Certifications: Certificate of Training in Equine-Based Ministries from Canyonview Equestrian College
As far back as Mrs. Jeans can remember, she has loved three things: Jesus, kids and horses. Because she loved horses so much, she began to draw them all the time. Eventually she grew in her creative gifting and began drawing all kinds of things. As she got older, she wanted to capture the amazing beauty of the people she saw around her. Now people are her favorite thing to draw! God used Mrs. Jean's love for art and horses and especially kids to draw her into ministry at summer camp where she served as program director for several years. Working with children and young adults was her calling so she eventually went to school to use horses as a ministry tool. Mrs. Jeans met and married her husband at this school, and they have a wonderful son. She is proud and excited to bring her gifts to teach at CCA!
Degrees and Certifications: B.A. - Music Education
Mr. Wise is very passionate about his role as Cornerstone's Music Teacher. He graduated from George Fox University with a BA in Music Education. He is a percussionist and drummer who enjoys moments where students share their passion of music with others.
Administrative Assistant - Middle School
Phone: (360) 896-0781
Mary loves working with middle schoolers because they are so much fun to be around. She enjoys the opportunity to laugh, encourage, bond, and best of all, pray with these precious people. Her love of Cornerstone extends beyond being an employee, both of her children graduated from CCA.