Grace Cook is a graduate of Kutztown University with a B.A. in Sociology. She earned her Master’s of Special Education degree from University of North Texas with an emphasis in Autism Intervention. She has a variety of experiences ranging from residential settings, home settings and school settings. Grace has provided special education services to children ages 2-18. Her experiences include working as an Early Intervention Specialist, Special Education Preschool Teacher, Program Manager, and Behavior Therapist. She has experience creating and implementing behavior programs using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and creating and implementing curriculum to foster group and individual goals in the areas of communication, social skills, skills of daily living, motor skills (fine and gross motor) and academic skills. She has a passion helping each child reach his or her full potential. She lives in Wylie with her husband, two sons, and daughter.
Abbi is excited to start new a chapter of her life and career in Dallas. She moved here from Wichita, Kansas where she worked with special needs students at Stucky Middle School. During her time there Abbi was recognized by the district for her work creating a curriculum designed to build students independence and prepare them to enter the workforce. Abbi loves art, dance and all things creative. As a teacher at Cornerstone she uses the arts to engage students and to help them unlock their ability to communicate and express themselves. Faith is at the center of Abbi’s life and her work. Through hard work, prayer and persistence she believes anything can be accomplished. She brings that belief to her work with her students. When she’s not working you can find Abbi hiking around North Texas or trying new restaurants with friends.
Dana is thrilled to join the Cornerstone community this summer. Originally raised in north Texas, Dana spent much of her early career abroad. After attaining her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, she served for four years in India developing educational/therapy programs for children with disabilities. Her team opened a learning center where students with various diagnoses (autism, ADD, intellectual disabilities, speech and language impairments, and others) could receive support services. Dana also led local teacher-training seminars to promote awareness, acceptance, and effective strategies in special education. In addition to her international experience, Dana has also worked as a home school teacher, ELL tutor, and in-home care provider. She loves designing creative individualized instruction and is relentlessly committed to her students. Her faith guides her work. Dana is newly married and loves traveling with her husband, serving at church, playing piano, and visiting with family & friends.
A native Virginian, Julia’s life has been bursting at the seams with Naval nursing, non-profit consulting, children’s ministry, home-schooling her children, massage therapy and culinary servant-hood. She has a diverse professional repertoire, that’s strongly connected by a thread woven from strands of community love, a passion for asking why and an unwavering commitment to excellence in every detail. She has traveled extensively but no doubt about it, her and her two teenagers (Akasia and Brayden) are excited to be living in Texas! She considers it all joy that she gets to compliment Grace’s schedule by being part of the CAC team every Thursday and Friday!