SEAL (Specialized Enhanced Academic Learning)
Learn how our staff collaborates with you and your student to enhance their educational experience at Cornerstone Christian Schools.
“Intentionally engaging academically talented learners and strong readers in alternative educational endeavors will support academic growth, curiosity, creativity, and cooperative learning skills.”
The SEAL Enrichment Program is distinctively designed to serve students who have demonstrated exceptional strength in the speed of acquisition and application of knowledge evidenced by high levels of achievement on standardized scores and class grades. In an effort to further facilitate the optimal development of academically talented students, CCS has developed a differentiated educational experience that will provide time and resources to provide additional challenge and motivation.
The SEAL Enrichment program encourages students to make connections with literacy, social studies, science, and mathematics. The program integrates project-based learning with hands-on construction.
Students will be encouraged to conduct their own experiments, collect data needed to solve real world problems, and use a multi-step design process while learning to collaborate with others as they learn to respect their own and other’s varying skill sets and intelligences.
Participation in this distinctive, invitation only program is voluntary. The cost of enrollment is not included in tuition. Here are some of the primary services that we offer:
MaryBeth Jurica has served students and their families in the primary role of an elementary teacher for the past 34 years. Mrs. Jurica is a graduate of Clarion State College in Pennsylvania. For the past 16 years, she has dedicated her talents to incorporating best practices in education at Cornerstone Christian Schools. She taught second grade initially, then moved to fifth grade, before joining the Library Media Center. For the past three years, she has served as the Reading Specialist and is known affectionately as the Elementary Warriors’ Reading Coach. In addition to serving students, MaryBeth is data-driven and targets her instructional and analytical skills in the deployment of the Renaissance Learning - Enterprise Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, and Star Math assessments. She provides professional development for the teachers and encourages the entire team to work continuously to improve instructional design and effectiveness across grade levels.
For the past 35 years, MaryBeth has been married to her wonderful, supportive husband, Dr. Jim Jurica. They have three beautiful children, all married now. Her family includes three golden retrievers. In the evenings, she enjoys reading, sewing, crafting, and watching HGTV with her husband (their favorite show is "Going RV").
Stephanie Whitfield is a native of San Antonio who graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with honors in Elementary Education and Special Education K-12. Stephanie brings over 14 years of teaching experience to Cornerstone. In addition to regular classroom teaching, she also has a vast array of experience in the special education field. She has taught in the following types of classrooms: Assisted Learning - Self Contained Environments, Behavior Modification - Self Contained Centers, Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, Inclusion/Collaborative teaching in the regular classroom, and individualized instructional support. Stephanie is extremely passionate about helping students who demonstrate learning difficulties in the classroom and is gifted to help them identify their unique strengths to enable them to become the strong independent learners God has created them to be. She knows that students can do ALL things, through Christ, who gives us strength.
Stephanie and her husband, John, have three children: Ellie, a senior at Sam Houston State University; Hatley, a senior at Brandeis High School; and Wesley, a fourth grader at CCS. She enjoys traveling and spending as much time as possible building memories with her family and close friends.
Erin Bachman is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders and then received her Master in Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has spent the past 12 years working in multiple settings with various populations to provide therapy, targeting their specific communication needs.
Erin’s husband, John, will be joining her on the CCS staff to coach varsity football. Erin and John have four beautiful children: Tripp, Lizzy Cate, Harper Rose, and Rowyn. Erin enjoys spending time together with her family and friends. She also enjoys her two dogs, fun in the sun, and the comfort of a good book.
Erin is excited to join the Cornerstone family and looks forward to building many new long-lasting relationships (Jeremiah 29:11-12).
Dr. Elizabeth Long graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 1998 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Special Education. She began her teaching career in June 1998 in a self-contained special education classroom. In December 2000, she earned a Masters in Education with a Special Education concentration. She served in the Special Education classroom until 2006. In August 2011, she received her EdD in Education Leadership from Walden University. Her dissertation examined barriers and approaches to teaching Social Studies.
Dr. Long’s teaching certifications include: Texas Teaching certifications in Elementary grades 1-8, Special Education PK-12, English as a Second Language PK-12, and Social Studies, grades 4 - 8. She also holds ACSI certifications for both Elementary Teacher and Secondary Teacher of Science and Social Studies.
Dr. Long has been married since 2010. In 2014, they moved overseas to the United Kingdom. While living overseas, they had the opportunity to travel and experience life living abroad. They have a daughter going into first grade, and their son will be in preschool K4 this fall. In her free time, she loves to read, attend theatre, enjoy outdoor activities and travel. Her family frequently spends weekends finding new local adventures
|Academic Intervention Individual (Speech Language)||Academic Reading Intervention Small Group||Academic Mathematics Intervention Small Group||Facilitated Academic Intervention/Remediation (Secondary)|
|1 x per week (30 minutes per session)||1 x per week (45 minutes per session)||1 x per week (45 minutes)||Learning Specialist and/or course aligned instructor - 1 x per week (45 minutes per session)|
|8 sessions per quarter||8 sessions per quarter||8 sessions per quarter||8 sessions per quarter: 2 x per week ( 45 min per session): 16 sessions per quarter|
|2 x per week 30 min per session)||2 x per week ( 45 minutes per session)||2 x per week (90 minutes)||3 x per week ( 40 min per session) - 24 sessions per quarter|
|16 sessions per quarter||16 sessions per quarter||16 sessions per quarter|
|Academically Talented/ Gifted & Talented Enrichment||Academically Talented/Gifted & Talented Enrichment: MathCounts ® (Middle School)|
|1 x per week (45 minutes per session) (grades 1-3)||1 x per week during ECHO/Lunch|
|1 x per week (45 minutes per session) (grades 1-3): 7 sessions per quarter||7 sessions per quarter plus competition|
|2 x per week ( 45 min per session) (grades 4-5)- 14 sessions per quarter||-|
Cornerstone Christian Schools is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to policies and procedures in an effort to support student learning. In compliance with ADA policy, accommodations may not fundamentally alter the nature of the school’s program that create an undue burden on students or staff, or pose a direct threat to other students. For Student Services fee information, please contact our school office at (210) 979-9203.