Meet our Teachers
Our faculty and staff are committed Christians and the heart of our school. They are certified educators and many hold advanced degrees. Cornerstone teachers have chosen to teach in a Christian environment where they exercise the freedom to wrap academic excellence in biblical truth. This freedom enables them to educate the whole child. Small class sizes allow teachers to celebrate every student, recognizing each for their unique gifts and talents.
Dr. Rebecka Spencer
School Administrator & Communication Arts Teacher
DR. REBECKA SPENCER serves as the administrator of Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks in Warsaw, MO. She is also the President of the Board of Directors. She holds the following degrees in education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri State University, Master of Science in Educational Administration from Missouri State University, Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University, Doctorate Degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University, and Certified Teacher by the State of Missouri
Certified Administrator by the State of Missouri and ACSI.
She has served as a teacher in both the Warsaw and Ozark School Districts teaching third and fourth grades. Her most recent work might be best summarized by her intentional advocacy for Reading Aloud and Student Achievement: a dissertation submitted and accepted by Lindenwood University in Educational Administration. Her article entitled "Reading Aloud to Middle School Students: A survey of Missouri Teachers" has recently been published in the Missouri Council of the International Reading Association. She has authored a children’s book along with her nine-year old son who served as the illustrator entitled, “A Sycamore Season.”
Dr. Spencer enjoys teaching Communication Arts because she has a passion for children and the drive to shape student’s lives with academic excellence all while having FUN!
Mrs. Moppin worked for the Department of Social Services as an Eligibility Specialist for 13 years. When her daughter was born she wanted be a stay at home mom and has been for the last 7 years. She has been married to her husband Jason for 22 years. They have 3 children, Jayden, Logan, and Lexi. They pastor a non-denominational church in Climax Springs, MO. Mrs. Moppin teaches Sunday school & Children's Church and is happy to help in any way she can. She loves her kids and enjoys watching them play sports and loves to go hunting fishing, swimming, and ride 4 wheelers with them. She loves anything outdoors and loves visiting the ocean and the mountains with her family.
She loves children and is excited to be a part of the Cornerstone Family!
Mrs. Suzanne Warstadt (Mrs. W.) married to Nathan for 43 years. We have four children and twelve grandchildren. We live on a farm at Cross Timbers and go to a church at Climax Springs Assembly.
I retired after teaching in public school for 20 years. I taught 2nd grade for 3 years, Special Ed for 2 years and 15 years teaching 1st grade. This is my 2nd year at Cornerstone Academy. Last year I taught preschool, this year I am teaching Kindergarten. I love teaching here and have some really amazing students.
1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Jones attended Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO, but finished her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education through Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO. This is her 8th year of teaching, and her 4th year at Cornerstone Academy. Mrs. Jones has taught grades Kindergarten to 6th grade in the past 7 years, but has loved switching to teach the younger grade levels.
Mrs. Jones truly believes teaching is her mission field. Although she strives to teach children the fundamentals of “reading, writing and arithmetic” and everything in between, her greatest goal is to help her students develop a personal relationship with Jesus. She believes children need to know they are special, loved and created for a purpose in order to be successful and tries her best daily to provide a loving, nurturing environment for her students in her classroom. Her favorite Bible verse is I Thessalonians 5:16 "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Mrs. Jones and her husband, Ebbie, live in the country with their two children, Remington and Rylynn. They have 2 dogs, Dixie and Scout. Mrs. Jones enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and sewing. She LOVES to be outside!
3rd - 5th Grade Teacher
Bethany Warstadt has been teaching for 7 years, 5 of those have been at Cornerstone Academy. She believes that every child can learn and that every child learns differently. One of the things she loves about Cornerstone Academy is how the model allows her to focus on what is best for each student through collaboration with parents, teachers, and administration.
Mrs. Warstadt has been married to her husband for 10 years and they have 3 children; Silas, Eden, and Raleigh. She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, playing board games, coloring, and movie nights!
One of her favorite bible verses is Romans 8:37: "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
Pastor Jason McCray
Middle School Apologetics Teacher
Jason McCray has been the pastor of Warsaw Bible Church since May of 2000. He graduated from Calvary University (formerly Calvary Bible College) with a B.A. in Pastoral Studies.
Pastor Jason has a passion for expositional preaching, personal discipleship and equipping others to be able to study the Word of God on their own.
Pastor Jason teaches Expositionary Apologetics for Middle School students at Cornerstone Academy. He is married to Connie, and they have 4 daughters, one of whom is currently enrolled as a student at Cornerstone.
Middle School History Teacher
Hello, my name is Mrs. Orick.
I am so thankful I get the honor to teach at Cornerstone Academy of the Ozarks. I am a wife to my husband Phillip Orick of 13 years. Together we have 3 wonderful, ornery boys. We have twins who are now 9, and our younger son who is 8. We are a family based on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, and for that I am forever thankful!
At Cornerstone I teach history ( and I teach my students it’s HIS-STORY! )
I also teach a ladies-ships class for the young women. I love the staff and the freedom to say our pledges each day during rise and shine, and to pray to the Lord whenever we need or desire to!
Middle School Math Teacher
Gina Kjar is currently teaching middle school math at cornerstone academy of the Ozarks. She has 7 children ranging from age 6 to college graduates. 2 of her children are current students at cornerstone academy. We are excited to have Mrs. Kjar, and she has incorporated some online teaching into her curriculum for our hybrid days when the students are studying at home.
In addition to teaching, she homeschools one of her children, and runs a local restaurant in Lincoln, Missouri.
We are open to grades Pre-K (3 year old program, or 4 year old Kinder Prep program), and Kindergarten through 7th grade. We will add 8th grade for the 2019 school year.
Contact Us today for more information or to schedule a SHADOW DAY for your child
To help every student develop towards full maturity in Christ by teaching and enabling them:
TO BE conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom 8:29).
To KNOW they are filled with spiritual understanding and increasing in the knowledge of God and Truth (John 8:32).
TO DO the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2) by being fruitful and living a lifestyle of service.