Brandon Podlasek ~ Part-Time Preschool (Pre-K)/Closing Teacher
brandonmpodlasek@gmail..com  
Brandon joined our staff in 2021 as our closing teacher and Art Aide.  He currently attends Joliet Junior college and is working towards a Master's in Social work.  He previously nannied for a family for three years.  Brandon lives in Plainfield with his family, 3 dogs, ferret, 2 lizards and fish. Click HERE for Brandon's Favorite things. 

Joy Brannen ~ Building Aide/Enrichment Teacher

Joy has over 30 years experience in teaching and directing at a Preschool.  She attended the University of Maryland where she earned her bachelors degree in Special Education.  Joy joined our Staff in September 2022.  She currently resides in Shorewood with her family, two dogs, and two cats. Click HERE for Joy's Favorite Things.

Amber Thompson ~ Executive Director/Accounting
amber@cornerstone4kids.com
Ms. Amber has 22 years of early childhood experience that includes teaching and directing a preschool.  Amber earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.  She went on to successfully complete a two-year credentialing program qualifying her for instruction at grade levels PreK-12.  She is also a certified teacher in Illinois. She established Cornerstone in 2006. Amber currently resides in Plainfield with her family. Click HEREfor Amber's Favorite Things.

Jackie Gustafson ~ Part-Time Preschool (Threes)
jjgus1102@msn.com  
Jackie has been a substitute teacher for Oswego School district since 2010.  She graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She began teaching at Cornerstone in May 2015.  Jackie currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and three children. Click HERE for Jackie's Favorite Things.

Meet Our Staff!



Lindsay Pachowicz ~ Full Day Pre-Kindergarten/Closing Director

lpachowicz11@gmail.com  
Lindsay has been teaching Pre=Kindergarten/Kindergarten for the school district as well as a private preschool since 2007.  She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education with a special Ed endorsement. She began teaching at Cornerstone in 2021.  Lindsay currently resides in Oswego with her husband and 2 dogs. Click HERE for Lindsay's Favorite Things.




Amelia Kehl ~ Part-Time Preschool (Pre-K & Three's)
ame.kehl18@gmail.com  
Amelia has 10 years of early childhood experience including teaching children age 2-5yrs. She attended Bryant and Stratton College, where she earned her degree in Early Childhood.  She began teaching at Cornerstone in August 2020. Amelia currently resides in Plainfield with her husband, three children, and two cats.  Click HERE for Amelia's Favorite Things.

Kelly Harris~ Teacher Aide/Substitute


Kelly has worked at Cornerstone Early Learning Center since 2010.  She previously worked as a three's teacher for three years and a nanny for seven years.  She attended Oklahoma State University where she majored in Early Childhood. Kelly currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and three dogs, Pippa, Brandy, and Teddy.  Click HERE for Kelly's Favorite Things.

Lindsey Guise ~ Part-Time Preschool (Pre-K)
lindseybraun@comcast.net 
Lindsey has 10 years of early childhood experience including teaching at a local preschool. She attended Illinois State university, where she earned her bachelors degree in Early Childhood.  She began teaching at Cornerstone in August 2020. Lindsey currently resides in Plainfield with her husband and three children.  Click HERE for Lindsey's Favorite Things.

Lead Teachers

Maddie Yerkes ~ Substitute Teacher


Maddie joined our staff in the fall of 2022. She previously worked as a nanny for a family in Naperville.  She currently works a fashion model and resides with her family in Naperville.  Click HERE for Maddie's Favorite Things.


Elise Johnson ~ Full Day Preschool (Two's)

Eliserenee20@gmail.com

Elise began working at Cornerstone Early Learning Center in 2018.  She started as our closing/substitute teacher.   She currently attends college at Waubonsee Community College and is working towards her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Elise currently resides in Oswego with her family and cat named "Blue". Click HEREfor Elise's Favorite Things.


Tiffany Yerkes ~ Full Day Preschool (Three's)

yerkesfam5@yahoo.com

Tiffany has over 30 years of early childhood experience.  She has worked at Cornerstone Early Learning Center since 2010 as our Three's teacher.  Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and continued her education in child development at the College of Du Page.   Tiffany currently resides in Naperville with her husband and three children. Click HERE for Tiffany's Favorite Things.


Administrative Staff


Jodi Svoboda ~ Executive Director
jodi@cornerstone4kids.com
Mrs. Jodi has 26 years of early childhood experience that includes teaching and directing a preschool.  Jodi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central College in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from Benedictine University in Special Education. She established Cornerstone in 2006. Jodi currently resides in Yorkville with her husband and two children.  Click HERE for Jodi's Favorite Things.

Teacher's Aides/Substitutes


 

Jodie Lee Sterr ~ Substitute


Jodie Lee joined our staff in October 2011.  She was born and raised in Naperville and currently resides there with her husband and daughter.  She previously owned a cleaning business and enjoys volunteering at her daughters School.  She enjoys playing golf in her spare time.  Click HERE for Jodie Lee's Favorite Things.




Jamie Pangborn ~ Full Day Pre-Kindergarten

 jamiepangborn@gmail.com 

Jamie has 9 years of early childhood experience.  She began working at Cornerstone in Summer of 2022.  She earned her child development associates in 2016, specializing in preschool ages 3-5 years.  She currently resides in Oswego with her husband, son, dog and cat.  Click HERE for Jamie's Favorite Things.