Cornerstone teachers feel supported in family environment

Mr Brad Lantis teaches a 7th grade technology class at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Peachtree Corners on Monday January 25th, 2021 For a story on the Top Workplace small category. PHIL SKINNER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.

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Mr Brad Lantis teaches a 7th grade technology class at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Peachtree Corners on Monday January 25th, 2021 For a story on the Top Workplace small category. PHIL SKINNER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION.

At this small, private Christian school, teachers love coming to work because they can focus on teaching their students in a family-like environment.

“I feel like I am a part of a school family,” wrote one employee of Cornerstone Christian Academy in Peachtree Corners. “When I come to work, I know that I am making a difference in the lives of little ones. I have amazing support and encouragement along the way. I know if I needed anything or were having difficulty, there would be a number of people to help me.”

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According to anonymous employee comments in Atlanta’s 2021 Top Workplaces surveys, Cornerstone is efficiently run, with clear communication to faculty and families.

“Procedures and policies for faculty and families are clearly stated in many ways – making the school feel like a family,” remarked an employee.

All Cornerstone families are included in school decisions, whether raising funds or hiring new faculty.

Throughout the school, realistic goals are set and achieved, say staffers.

“I love working at Cornerstone because our vision comes to fruition,” said one employee, adding that the clear vision and diligence of the administration may explain the school’s enrollment growth.

“Also, the staff is well-loved, well supported, and strongly encouraged,” the staffer continued. “There are opportunities for regular professional development and growth. Ideas are heard, and we are allowed to implement new programs/curricula, etc. Morale is high, and teachers feel blessed to come to work each day. Everyone works hard and does their part. The presence of Christ is strong, and there is definitely a ‘team’ atmosphere among staff and students alike. It’s the best place I’ve ever worked.”

Others also expressed how much they appreciate the support they receive in their jobs.

“I have been given autonomy to perform my job in ways that I feel are most productive. I work with people with immense integrity!” wrote one employee.

Another writes: “I am blessed with the incredible opportunity to partner with parents, colleagues, and the administration to help my students strive toward academic excellence while at the same time integrating God’s Word into all aspects of our school day together.”

Cornerstone teachers also said the students love to learn, which makes the job itself a joy.

“The students are so joyful,” wrote one teacher. “I get to spend every day with children that love learning about the world around them. Their inquisitive nature inspires me to learn and grow each day.”

Another Cornerstone employee explained what sets the school apart: “We treat students as individuals and strive for each of them to reach their full potential not only as students but as unique creations of God.”

Another teacher wrote: “For the first time in my teaching career, I feel genuinely valued and supported. I can be as creative as I want with my students, and I feel I can truly grow as a teacher and as a person.”