• Candace Westfall, special needs one-on-one aide

    headshot of blonde woman Why did you choose to work at Arkport?
    I choose to work at Arkport because the faculty and staff are amazing to work with and my children attend Arkport. One in seventh-grade and one making his way to pre-K next year.

    When you were in school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    A veterinarian is what I always wanted to be when I grew up.

    What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
    Working in corrections is the most unusual job that I have ever had.

    What would your co-workers be surprised to know about you?
    My co-workers may be surprised that I am in bed by no later than 8 p.m. and that I watch all of "The Real Housewives" on DVR. That is...they come on after my bedtime!

    What activity do you most enjoy in your free time?
    Kayaking with family and friends is my favorite thing to do when I get some free time.

    What makes you laugh?
    My boys make me laugh, along with most of the crazy stuff my husband comes up with.

    What is your favorite type of music?
    Country.

    What is your favorite book?
    My favorite books are the ones we read at bedtime..."A Crack In the Track," "Trucks," "Touch and Feel Baby Animals" and many more.

    If you had a million dollars to give to charity, which would you and why?
    I would give $1 million to the ASPCA, to help these animals that don't deserve the cruelty and neglect they get every day of their already short lives.

    Fill in the blank: A good day working as a teacher is one that brings joy in creativeness, expressions and knowledge.


  • Bonni Karr, pre-kindergarten teacher

    photo of woman standing against yellow brick wall Why did you choose to work at Arkport?
    I chose Arkport years ago for my children. I like the small class sizes for them, and for me, I like the "family" style faculty. The atmosphere here at Arkport is none like no other. Everyone here helps each other through the good and the bad.

    When you were in school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    When I was in school I always wanted to be a "Charlie's Angel," but that didn't pan out. When I was in high school, I loved numbers and thought that I would like to be an accounting teacher. The more I thought about it, the less likely it seemed I would be a specialized teacher. There are very few jobs. I still loved the accounting aspect so I went to college for accounting.  After having children and being a part of their education, I thought more about becoming an elementary teacher, and here I am teaching the grade level that started me thinking about it in the first place!

    What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
    The most unusual job for me, if you were to ask my friends years ago, is working on a farm, as my nose used to know that I did not like putrid smells. But now you cannot tear me away from our farm.

    What activity do you most enjoy in your free time?
    The activity that I most enjoy is watching all four of my children do what they love! Luke loves farming; Gabrielle loves helping others anywhere, anytime; Matthew loves, loves, loves football at this point; and Kelsey is trying to find what she loves and at this time that seems to be cheer.

    What makes you laugh?
    What makes me laugh is listening to children's conversations. You can learn a lot from listening to them -- from their favorite color to getting married in Las Vegas, but that one of their other friends will have to get married first.

    What is your favorite type of music?
    My favorite type of music is the 80's -- is there any other!?

    What is your favorite book?
    Any book that will take me away to a place that I've never been.

    If you had a million dollars to give to charity, which would you and why?
    If I had a million dollars, there would be no question as to what charity I would give it to. Over 11 years ago I had a premature baby boy who weighed only 2lbs, 5 oz at the time. At 11 years old, now he is doing marvelous, no problems to get uptight about. We were and are very lucky that he doesn't, but his time spent in the NICU was not. We spent many a night in the hospital and at the Ronald McDonald house on-site and off-site. The volunteers there were kind, helpful and, most of all, giving. I cannot say enough about the Ronald McDonald House, and there would be no other thought for me as to whom I would give.

    Fill in the blank: A good day working as a teacher is a day that the students are loving what they are learning and preschool is all about learning while you play!