LEE ANNE ROBERTSON – HEAD OF SCHOOL
Lee Anne began at Cornerstone in 1995 as the Financial Coordinator. During that time she augmented her previous studies as a music major at the University of Minnesota, completing Certification in the Kodaly and Orff methods of music instruction. In the following years she taught music to Cornerstone students at all levels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Writing and Literature from Vermont College of Norwich University. In 1998, Lee Anne enrolled in Seacoast Center for Education to pursue certification as a Montessori Directress. She completed her internship in Lower Elementary at Cornerstone, earned her Elementary I certification, and remained a Lower Elementary teacher through the 2003-2004 academic year. After earning a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2004, Lee Anne worked at Behavioral Health Services as a Youth and Family Therapist counseling children of all ages, and their families, assessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health concerns. In addition, she maintained an outreach office at the Somersworth Middle School on behalf of the agency. At that location, she counseled children aged nine through fifteen with a wide variety of learning and behavioral problems. Lee Anne has completed the requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Clinician in the state of New Hampshire. In 2006, Lee Anne was hired as Head of School at Cornerstone. Lee Anne is passionate about learning and teaching and enjoys her work with children, faculty, and parents to fulfill the mission statement of the school.
LAURIE DURKIN – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Laurie joined the faculty of Cornerstone in 2017 as a substitute teacher in Toddler, Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms. Before joining Cornerstone she has enjoyed working with children in varied settings. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in French and International Studies and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. She currently works in the front office as an Administrative Assistant. When she is not at Cornerstone she enjoys time with her family and walking her dog.
ROB KEYS – JUNIOR CLASS DIRECTOR & ADMISSIONS
Rob has been involved in Montessori Education for nearly 30 years as a teacher, administrator, consultant, teacher-educator, and presenter. The author of “Follow the Child – The Basics, the Misconceptions, and Underlying Lessons of a Montessori Education”, he has presented at AMS National and Regional conferences, written for Montessori Life, and has served on MACTE and AISNE evaluation teams. Rob has been a teacher-trainer with Seacoast Center since it’s inception in 1992 and founded Beyond The Mountain, a non-profit organization providing material and training in Haiti. He has trained teachers at public and private schools in the United States, as well as South Korea and Indonesia.
SUSAN DUFFY – FINANCIAL COORDINATOR
Susan received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business at the University of New Hampshire. She was a scientific programmer at MIT in Lincoln Laboratory for five years before moving to Yugoslavia where she as a professional ballerina at the Belgrade National Theatre. When she returned to New Hampshire she directed and managed the Ballet Theatre Workshop for ten years. Susan also contributes to our music and drama programs and afternoon enrichment classes on a regular basis.
ROANNE ROBBINS – TODDLER HOUSE CO-DIRECTRESS
Roanne joined the Cornerstone faculty in 2014. Prior to Cornerstone, she worked as a floral and garden designer. Her work has been featured in Fine Gardening, Horticulture Magazine and This Old House. She is the co-author of Continuous Container Gardens, Storey Press 2011. Roanne completed her undergraduate work at Brandeis University and received her Montessori Infant/Toddler Credential from Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York.
KELLY ARP – TODDLER HOUSE CO-DIRECTRESS
Kelly has an extensive and diverse background in education. Holding a BS in Community Health Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, Kelly has worked with children in a variety of public school settings before she stepped away to raise her own children. Additionally, Kelly served on the Seacoast Charter School’s Board of Directors, helping not only guide the school through a time of significant transition, but also serving as the Resource Development Chair responsible for managing all aspects of the school’s fundraising campaigns. In her spare time, you can find Kelly running, doing yoga, spinning, or surfing along NH’s amazing seacoast. Kelly lives in Greenland with her 3 children, her husband Trevor, and their new puppy Rogan.
ALLISON PHIILLIPS – TODDLER HOUSE & CHILDREN'S HOUSE
Allison Phillips joined the Cornerstone School faculty in 2019. She has over 20 years of experience working with children ages spanning 0-18 years old in a wide variety of professional positions including preschool teacher, special education, and elementary guidance counseling. She has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from LIFE Pacific College in San Dimas, CA and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire. She has completed her Advanced Assistants training with the Northeast Montessori Institute.
Directly prior to joining Cornerstone, she enjoyed being at home raising two of her own current Cornerstone kids while helping her husband, Grant, build an online retail business and putting together her own specialty coffee brand Waking Dream Specialty Coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her passions in gardening, traveling with her family, and being active outside!
NORAH FITZGERALD – CHILDREN'S HOUSE
Norah possess over twenty five years in the field of Early Childhood Education experience spanning from Infants - Kindergarten, with a specific concentration in literacy development and early enrichment opportunities for young children. She has a degree in Pre-School Education from Dublin Institute of Techology, Ireland, a degree in Social Studies from University College Cork, Ireland along with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from Granite State College, Portsmouth , NH. Norah moved to the New England area in 1990 and curently lives in Rochester NH with her two daughters Sarah and Hannah.
TARA JUNKIN – CHILDREN'S HOUSE
Tara joined the faculty of Cornerstone in the Fall of 2017. Tara is currently completing her AMS Infant/Toddler credential at Northeast Montessori Institute. She has received her Masters in Education with a certification to teach K-12 Art Education, as well as a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her new role at Cornerstone, she was an art teacher in the private school system, in the lakes region of New Hampshire.
JULIA COLEMAN – PRIMARY ONE CO-DIRECTRESS
Julia has been associated with Cornerstone since 1997 serving as Parent Committee Chair and President of the Board of Directors. She joined the faculty of Cornerstone in 2009 in Children’s House, and has previously facilitated physical education for the Primary classes. Julia received her Early Childhood Credential from Northeast Montessori Institute in 2015.
SARAH SEXTON – PRIMARY ONE CO-DIRECTRESS
Sarah has been teaching at Cornerstone since 2017. She received her BS from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Microbiology. During the summer of 2017, she completed her Montessori overview course. Over this next year, she will be pursuing her New Hampshire teaching license.
KATE KIM – PRIMARY TWO CO-DIRECTRESS
Kate studied Geology at San Francisco State University and is both an AMI trained Assistants to Infancy guide (0-3) and an AMS trained Primary guide (3-6). She has studied at The Montessori Institute in Denver, CO and Northeast Montessori Institute in North Shore, MA. Kate has over a decade of experience teaching young children in Infant, Toddler, and Primary classrooms as well as educating parents on how to bring Montessori methods into their lives. She lives in Stratham, NH with her family and enjoys fiber arts (quilting, knitting, weaving) and exploring nature when she isn’t supporting her four children in their various endeavors.
SARAH CHASE – PRIMARY TWO CO-DIRECTRESS
Sarah joined the Cornerstone faculty in 2016 as Co-Directress of Primary Two. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and her Masters of Education from Boston University. Sarah received her AMS 3-6 credential from Northeast Montessori Institute. Prior to Cornerstone, Sarah worked as a nationally certified sign language interpreter, specializing in educational interpreting, in the greater Boston and DC-metro areas for over ten years
ANNE SEEKINS – PRIMARY THREE CO-DIRECTRESS
Anne has been a member of the Cornerstone School faculty since 2008. Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College She has a Master’s in Education from Endicott College and her 3 – 6 year olds Montessori Certification from New England Montessori Institute. Prior coming to Cornerstone, Anne was a counselor and social worker.
KIMBERLY RETTSTATT – PRIMARY THREE CO-DIRECTRESS
Kim joined the faculty at Cornerstone in 2016 as Co-Directress of Primary Three. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Colgate University, and a Master of Education from the University of Saint Joseph. Kim received her AMS 3-6 credential from Northeast Montessori Institute. Prior to Cornerstone, Kim was an Early Intervention reading teacher for 17 years.
SIMONE BOODEY – LOWER ELEMENTARY ONE CO-DIRECTRESS
Simone taught at Cornerstone from 2005 to 2008 and rejoined the faculty in 2012. In 1986, she was a student in the first Primary classroom at Cornerstone. After graduating from the Junior Class at Cornerstone, she went on to graduate Cum Laude from Phillips Exeter Academy. Simone received her Bachelor’s of Arts with a double major in English and History as well as her Master of Education from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she has completed the coursework for her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University.
KRISTIN O’GORMAN – LOWER ELEMENTARY ONE CO-DIRECTRESS
Kristin has been teaching at the Cornerstone School since 2003. She holds a B.S. in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University. Kristin is a graduate of Northeast Montessori Institute and she received her Masters of Early Childhood Education from Endicott College.
FLOR BOWEN – LOWER ELEMENTARY TWO CO-DIRECTRESS
Flor has been teaching at Cornerstone since 1988. She has been a Co-Directress in Lower Elementary Two since 2005. Flor has over twenty five years of Montessori experience including teaching at Cornerstone on the Primary Level for fourteen years and two years teaching Spanish at all levels. She completed her Elementary I training through the Seacoast Center for Education. Prior to teaching at Cornerstone she taught for eight years in New Orleans. Flor also spent one year in administration and one year as president of the Montessori Teacher Association. During the summer she is a faculty member of the Seacoast Center for Education.
RUTH RANDLETT, CO-DIRECTRESS, LOWER ELEMENTARY TWO
Ruth joined the faculty of Cornerstone in the fall of 2013. Before joining the Cornerstone community Ruth worked as a lead teacher in a Lower Elementary classroom and as an Upper Elementary assistant. Ruth has a Master of Education from Lesley University, and her six to nine and nine to twelve year old Montessori certification from Seacoast Center for Education.
DON BARBER – UPPER ELEMENTARY ONE CO-DIRECTOR
Don has been teaching at Cornerstone since 1992. For most of those years Don has taught in Upper Elementary. He has also taught for 5 years in Lower Elementary and for two in the Junior class. For ten years Don was a faculty member at the Seacoast Center for Education, where he evaluated teachers preparing for the Montessori elementary certification. Since 2007 Don has been involved with the Christian Montessori Fellowship (CMF). He develops Bible based, elementary level lessons and materials and presents them at CMF national conferences. Through CMF don consults with schools and trains elementary teachers. Don enjoys time at home, jogging, and woodworking. He and his wife, June, live in Newfields. Their cildren are both Cornerstone graduates - Laura, clas of '02 and Alex, class of '04.
ELIOT GOLDING – UPPER ELEMENTARY ONE CO-DIRECTOR
Eliot joined the faculty of Cornerstone in 2016. He has both a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from American University in Washington, D.C.. He spent nine summers as a camp counselor and has also worked at American University in the Academic Support and Access Center helping students with disabilities. Eliot is completing his Montessori certification through the Seacoast Center for Education.
WAYNE ANDERSON – UPPER ELEMENTARY TWO CO-DIRECTOR
Wayne joined the faculty at Cornerstone in 2016. He received a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Education and Philosophy from Plymouth State University in 1977. Wayne worked many years working as a general contractor in residential construction before becoming interested in the Montessori approach to education when he was preparing to enroll his daughter in preschool. Wayne received his Elementary I and II certifications from CMTE/NY and has been in Montessori education teaching at the Upper Elementary and Junior levels for nearly ten years, as well as holding the position of Director for eleven years.
SANDI KEYS – UPPER ELEMENTARY TWO CO-DIRECTRESS
Sandi returned to Cornerstone in 2016 after a few years away. She has been a Montessori teacher for over 16 years and has taught in Children’s House, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. Through the Seacoast Center for Education, she is an instructor for assistants as well as a teacher trainer for the 6 to 9 Montessori training course. She has her Early Childhood Montessori Certification from Northeast Montessori Institute, and her Elementary I and II Certification from Seacoast Center for Education. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Endicott College, has designed Montessori materials for Alison’s Montessori, and was a sales manager for Azoka Company. She believes in team building and collaboration.
CHRISTINE TURPIN – JUNIOR CLASS CO-DIRECTRESS
Christine has been Co-Directress in the Junior Class since 2000. She has a degree in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire and completed the Montessori Assistant’s Overview with Northeast Montessori Institute. Chris trained for the Elementary I level of Montessori with Seacoast Center at Cornerstone in 2002-2003. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornerstone, she worked in both the Dover and Manchester public school systems.
NEAL SPAULDING – JUNIOR CLASS CO-DIRECTOR
Neal has been teaching math and science in the Junior Class since 2005. He studied Science Education at SUNY Stony Brook and French at the University of Nice before graduating with a degree in Physics from SUNY New Paltz. Before teaching, Neal did research and development of ozone-friendly cleaning products and flat panel display technologies in RTP, North Carolina. He then spent some time developing a Montessori Middle School curriculum in Morrisville, NC before relocating to New England.
SALLIE SPAULDING – LEARNING SPECIALIST
Sallie started working at Cornerstone in 2005 in order to develop and implement the school’s Toddler House Program. Since that time she has worked in several areas of the school including Toddler, Primary and Lower Elementary. Sallie works throughout the school providing learning support wherever needed. She has a BA in Psychology, Montessori Certification in Infant/Toddler, Primary and Lower Elementary, as well as Montessori Applied to Children at Risk, Level 1.
HOLLY FURLONE – LEARNING SPECIALIST
Though she joined the Cornerstone family back in 2005 (through 2007) as an Upper Elementary Co-Director, Holly returns to us for her third year as a Lower Elementary Learning Specialist and Primary Cursive Handwriting Coach. During that 10 year stretch and her 15+ year career in Montessori education, Holly has served as a classroom teacher, program developer, administrator, 1-1 paraprofessional, education consultant and also as a practicum site supervisor for Montessori educators pursuing their teaching credentials through the Seacoast Center for Education.
Holly holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education focus and, following the successful acquisition of her 6-9 and 9-12 Montessori teaching credentials, Holly went on to earn her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership & Montessori Theory, Philosophy & Practice from Plymouth State University.
She lives up in the White Mountains with her daughter, sharing a love of the outdoors, making music and experimenting in the kitchen.
KELLY CRESITELLO-DITTMAR – MUSIC
Kelly has been the Music Director at Cornerstone since 2007. Prior to that, she taught piano privately for almost thirty years. She has also worked in the field of special needs, taught general music to home schooled students and directed two small choral groups in Newbury, MA and in Manchester, New Hampshire. Kelly plays with several bands including Swing Shift, Stop Time, and Effengees. She studies ukulele and has been involved with Southern NH Ukulele Group and Ukulele Fusion. She is certified in Level I and Level II Orff method of music instruction.
JENNY BERNITZ – ART
Jenny joined the Cornerstone faculty in 2018. Prior to joining the Cornerstone faculty, she earned a BFA from Endicott College. She then discovered Montessori education and began her teacher training. In 2013, She received her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Certificate from the Montessori Academy at Spring Valley in Federal Way, Washington. She spent several years co-teaching on the west coast before moving back to New England, where she has continued to teach.
FRANCES O’GORMAN – SPANISH
Frances is a Cornerstone alumni and future graduate of University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. During high school, at Proctor Academy, Frances lived with a host family and studied in Segovia, Spain for three months. Frances currently teaches Spanish and draws her curriculum from practical experience during her time in Spain. In the past she has also taught pottery at Cornerstone as an artist in residence. In her free time Frances enjoys many creative pursuits, educating people about native caterpillars, studying other languages, and spending time outside.