• Barbara Cook, special education aide (elementary)

    head shot of a brunette woman Why did you choose to work at Arkport?
    I did not choose Arkport, Arkport chose me. William Locke wanted me to work for him.

    When you were in school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    When I was in school and growing up, I always wanted to sing and act on Broadway. I love theater!

    What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
    I worked for Argentieri's laundromat for years. I also worked on a potato harvester.

    What would your co-workers be surprised to know about you?
    I love heavy metal!

    What activity do you most enjoy in your free time?
    Cooking. I love feeding my family and friends.

    What makes you laugh?
    My husband of 31 years!

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Heavy metal.  

    What is your favorite book?
    "Best Self" by Michael Bayer and "The Joy of Cooking." 

    If you had a million dollars to give to charity, which would you and why?
    St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Children are our future, and I believe they need all the love and care we can provide.  

    Fill in the blank: A good day working as a teacher...
    is when you realize you have made a real connection with a young mind!


  • Reed Warner, physical education teacher and boys modified basketball coach

    head shot of brown-haired man Why did you choose to work at Arkport?
    I always heard great things about Arkport and as a former student in a school with a graduating class of 12 students in Sharon Springs, Kansas, I saw the value of going to a small school firsthand.

    When you were in school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be an elementary PE teacher ever since I job-shadowed my elementary PE teacher when I was in 10th grade.

    What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
    Not really unusual but definitely unqualified, I once did photography for a wedding. That was the first and last time.

    What would your co-workers be surprised to learn about you?
    I outran a stampede of bulls in a third-world country wearing sandals! Ask me about it when you see me!

    What activity do you most enjoy in your free time?
    Basketball.

    What makes you laugh?
    Funny videos on social media and Larry David.

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Country.

    What is your favorite book?
    The Bible.

    If you had a million dollars to give to charity, which would you and why?
    Cure AHC because I have a family member named Mandy, who is 1 year old and has AHC, a one-in-a-million disease. AHC is like having seven diseases at once: paralysis like stroke, seizures and spells of reduced consciousness like epilepsy, low muscle tone like cerebral palsy, movement problems like Parkinson’s, behavioral issues like ADHD, learning challenges like autism, and neuro-degeneration like Alzheimer’s.

    A good day as a teacher is ... any day you help someone who can't repay you.