From the Head of School

Alyssa schwartz

Head of School

Alyssa Schwartz was thrilled to join the Cornerstone community in July of 2018.  She is a Montessori child (18 months through 6th grade).  Alyssa received her BA from Stanford University and MA from the Stanford University School of Education.  She completed her AMI Primary training at the Maria Montessori Institute in London, before spending 6 years as a Children’s House guide in California.  Prior to moving to Minnesota, Alyssa was the Educational Programs Director and Interim Executive Director of AMI/USA in Washington, DC.  She serves as Board Secretary of the Montessori Public Policy Initiative and is chair of AMI’s Global School Accreditation committee.  Alyssa enjoys watching baseball with her husband, baking, and reading.

Announcement of Acting Head of School

We are very excited to announce that Say Vang will be filling in as the Acting Head of School at Cornerstone during Alyssa’s leave of absence.  Say completed her 3-6 training at MCM last year and was the Head of School at Hmoob Toj Siab, a Montessori Partner school, until its closure this past fall.  She is a long-time member of the extended Montessori community and will fit in here at Cornerstone beautifully.


Please see the attached announcement for more information about Say’s experience and background.