For 34 years, Alison Luke has inspired hundreds of students; now she's ready for her next act. As we prepare to say farewell, we’ve asked Mrs. Luke to reflect on her time here at Cornerstone.
How do you say goodbye to 34 years of teaching, a school that you helped birth, life long friends, and students who have such a huge piece of your heart? Well there just aren’t enough words to describe everything I am feeling during these last few weeks of school.
A Part of Something Bigger
Being a part of Cornerstone Prep has been one of my greatest joys. When I look at all of the many hats I have worn -- Founding Member, Curriculum Writer, Teacher, Academic Dean, Academic Advisor, IMPACT Leader, Dean of Student Life, Director of Fine Arts and Musical Theatre Teacher/Director -- in every one of these opportunities I have memories that are near and dear to my heart. My mentors, colleagues, friends, and students have all played a major role in who I am today.
Wearing Many Hats
It is difficult to choose a favorite hat, but the one that I currently wear seems to be the most difficult to take off. Having the opportunity to fulfill my passion for Musical Theatre has been one of the greatest blessings of my teaching career. Seeing these students step out of their comfort zones and sing and dance with reckless abandon is the best part of my day. Watching their smiling faces, listening to them laugh and then doing it all over again each day hasn’t been a job to me but a joy that I wish everyone had the opportunity to experience.
Following My Dreams
And at the very heart of my time at Cornerstone was Jeanne Borders. From the first time I met her 31 years ago at Eastside Christian until my last visit with her, she was always a shining example of what a Christian leader, mentor, and friend really is. She always allowed me to follow my dreams and to serve where I was needed the most. Her support and encouragement of our fine arts program was the beginning of what we have built today.
Loved By So Many
"For the past four years, Mrs. Luke has been such a bright light in my life. She has shown me what it looks like to shine for Jesus on and off stage. She has always been there for me, and has shown me what it looks like to love everyone. She has been such an amazing role model for me as someone who is devoted to the Lord!" Kate Burton (10)
“Mrs. Luke is always so encouraging and you can always tell how much she loves her students. She is truly passionate about teaching fine arts. She’s always confident in our capabilities and makes us feel prepared and thrilled for each performance. We’ll miss her so much and can’t wait for her to see all our shows in the future.” Caroline Latimer (11)
“Mrs. Luke has made such a profound impact on my life. She has shown me through her enthusiasm and consistent dedication how to be about my Father’s business. She never fails to put a smile on my face and make my day with her abundant joy. When I think of Mrs. Luke, I think of joy. Mrs. Luke has made a habit of surrendering to the Holy Spirit and through her willingness to surrender, He has abundantly produced the fruit of His spirit: Love, joy, peace, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. Mrs. Luke is such an incredible role model for me to be persistently obedient to the Lord. She’s taught me about the importance of rest and hard work. She has helped me, led me, comforted me, and advised me. Some of my favorite memories from high school are from Mrs. Luke. I love her so much, and I’m really going to miss her!” Margaret Sansom (12)
While I know the Lord has big plans for me and I am looking forward to spending time with my family and traveling, I will dearly miss all my colleagues whom I hold so dear and especially my precious fifth period kiddos whom I love with all my heart.
We would like to invite you to attend Mrs. Luke’s farewell drop-in reception on Wednesday, May 4th from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. This event will give us all a chance to visit with Mrs. Luke as we celebrate her retirement as the last founder to leave Cornerstone. No gifts please, but if you wish to honor Alison, you may make a donation to the Friends of the Arts Booster Club. Thank you cards are welcomed.
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Please join us for Mrs. Luke's last musical theatre performance, The Little Mermaid Jr., on April 28, 29, and 30 at 7 p.m. in the Cornerstone Den. We hope to see you there!