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Meet Your Neighbor Karla Schneider of Biggsville who was born and raised in Kewanee.
Karla graduated from Wethersfield High School in Kewanee. At Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, she received her bachelor of science.
She previously was employed as a correctional officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections, and was a Arcola Health Care Center Nursing Home Administrator from 1997-2013. She has 20 years of long-term care experience.
Recently she joined the staff of Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab of Stronghurst as the administrator.
In 1965 her parents moved from Kewanee to southern Illinois. Her father is now 92 years old and she has one sister, Brenda (Jerry) Muckey who all reside in Kewanee.
Karla met her husband, Scott in college, and they have been married for 27 years. Scott has been the principal of West Central School District #235 since 2012. However, she did not relocate to this area until September of 2013. The first year he commuted back and forth to Arcola on weekends until they were able to sell their home.
They have one daughter, Sarah, a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor Science in Journalism. Sarah currently resides in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Their second child is a 14 year-old beagle, Molly!
The First Christian Church of Monmouth is her home church.
Her hobbies include movies, reading, golf, traveling and spending time with family.
She said, "Our favorite family vacation was to Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. I really do not like winter, however, Christmas is our families favorite holiday and time of year." One of their family traditions is to attend a candlelight Christmas Eve service and then come home and watch, "It's A Wonderful Life'.
Her future plans are to always try to live one day at a time. "After living in the same town for 22 years and working for the same company 20 years I never thought we would be moving and basically starting over, so I don't really make plans. I try to live by the verse, "Be still and know that I am God'. That gets me through the tough times and good times."