The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Susan Galbraith, Quill Reporter

Meet Your Neighbor Kayla Carnes.

This is Kayla's second year of teaching 3rd grade at West Central Elementary School.

She was born and raised in rural La Harpe.

In 2000 Kayla graduated from La Harpe High School and 2004 graduated from Monmouth College with a major in elementary education and a minor in English.

She is pursuing her masters degree with specialization in early childhood and will graduate in May of 2011 from Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Before coming to West Central she taught 7th grade Language Arts in Dallas City, was an aide for 2 years at Dallas City and taught 5th grade in La Harpe.

She has been married to hubby Willy for 3 years. Willy is employed as Street Superintendent, in Blandinsville, where they reside.

They are members of La Harpe Christian Church.

Her parents are Ed and Dixie Bollin of Durham. Ed is a farmer and Dixie is an aide at the La Harpe Elementary School.

She has one brother, Scot who has a daughter Mackenzie (16). Scot is a supervisor at Farmland in Monmouth and Mackenzie is a junior at Avon. She also has one sister, Marcie (Brian) Gaylord who live in Fort Madison, Iowa. Marcie is manager of Avis Rental Car at the Burlington, Iowa, Airport and Brian is employed at Rapid World Water. They have two daughters, Whitney (18) a freshman at Western Illinois University, in Macomb, and Payton (11), a 6th grader at Fort Madison, Iowa, middle school.

Kayla enjoys spending time with family, getting together once a month with her college girl friends where they chat and "eat", shopping and especially now, as Christmas is her favorite time of year. Each summer they vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks.

When asked what she liked most about West Central she said, "I love the people and how welcoming the staff has been, and also the nice environment to work in.

"I hope to stay at West Central as long as they will let me!"