Meet the Cornerstone Director and Teachers
Dedication to excellence starts here. Cornerstone's Staff are outstanding Denton locals who love adventure and have a passion to teach.
Originally from Honolulu, Britton Blackwood lived and taught in multiple cities before settling in Denton. She graduated from Vassar College with a double major in English and German Literature. She holds a Masters in English, with a concentration in Shakespeare, from Georgetown University.
While she loved teaching middle and high school, as well as preschool from ages 5 down to 18 months, she took on administration years ago and has served Cornerstone as Director since 2016. She has three daughters, all Cornerstone alums.
Cody Johnston has known since high school that working with young children is her passion. She came to CCP with 13 years of experience in Early Childhood care and education. From tutoring at-risk youth, to working in every classroom at her former preschool, to becoming a foster mom, this calling brings her joy and fulfillment. Ms. Cody delighted in teaching our PDO/Toddlers class for two years, and she is now excited to learn and play with our Pre-K students.
Cody married her childhood friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler, in 2009. They live in Denton with their two daughters, three cats, and two dogs.
Lia Berghahn has been working with children for over 19 years. She worked with autistic kiddos for ten years with Denton ISD, and now serves CCP as our 2s3s Teacher. She lives in Denton with her husband, has a 10th grade daughter, Lucy, and a 5th grade son, Adam, and their four kitties, Bitty, Cookie, Letti, and Gus.
Michelle Richards began her CCP journey as a parent and substitute in 2016. Immediately, she realized that working with kids was her dream. In 2020, she became the teaching assistant and in 2021, the toddler teacher! Michelle is passionate about play based learning and instilling love and confidence in her students.
Michelle earned her bachelor's degree from UNT in 2013 and resides in Denton with her husband, two kids, and all of her pets (2 cats, 2 dogs, a tarantula, and a fish family). Her third grader, James, and her first grader, Vivian, are both CCP alumni and will always hold a special place in their hearts for where it all began.
Kaitlyn Chapman is currently a junior at Texas Woman’s University, majoring in Theatre Education. She has always known she has wanted to work with children and intends to earn an Early Childhood Education certification as well. Over the summer she worked at Disney World as a part of the Disney College Program, which inspired her to seek out a Teachers’ Assistant position. Ms. Kaitlyn currently lives in Denton, Texas with her parents, younger brother, and their puppy. She is very excited to have officially begun her journey into education here at Cornerstone, and can’t wait to see what the future holds.