September 2019

Recognizing Students, Facilitators, and Teachers Through the Virtual Arkansas Spotlight

Student of the Month

Mariela Quintana

Emerson High School

This student is doing a great job in the classroom. She comes to Zoom every single week and works hard by asking questions, showing me the work she is doing and asking how to correct it if necessary, and just by being responsible for her own work. She took Module 1 in Algebra 2 and did incredible. She never hesitates to work hard in the course and do her best.

Facilitator of the Month

Position at Virtual Arkansas:


Where did you grow up?

Oak Grove, Arkansas

If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be?

DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!! I know it goes in one ear and out the other but it is the best advice for all students.

Kelly Yohn

Green Forest High School

Tell us a little about your family:

I am a mother of three beautiful daughters and I have two awesome son-in-laws. I have been happily married to my husband George for 31 years! We are expecting our first grand baby in April and I can not hardly wait! I have traveled all over the US but there is just no place like Arkansas. I have been a VA Facilitator for 8 years. I am actually facilitating at my alma mater and I think that is pretty cool. God has truly blessed me!!

Why did you decide to work in education?

I enjoy helping students in their learning process.

What is the best part about being a facilitator?

I love being able to help my students and encourage them to reach their potential. There is something about seeing their faces light up when they do good on tests or get caught up in their work and see that grade climb. I enjoy being a smiling face to them each and every day.

Teacher of the Month

Position at Virtual Arkansas:

CORE Campus Math Instructor


I graduated from UCA with a degree in Accounting.

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Pine Bluff. My family moved to Russellville the summer before my senior year of high school.

Tonya Bloodworth

Core Campus- Math Instructor

Tell us a little about your family:

I am a single mom of 3 amazing kids. Anna is 20 and is a music education major at Arkansas Tech. Addie, 17, is a senior at Russellville High School and Dalton, 14, is a 9th grader at Russellville Junior High.

Why did you become a teacher?

I worked as a long-term sub for a couple of math teachers. I quickly realized that I loved being in the classroom with the students. It was incredibly fulfilling to be able to help those who were struggling with the Algebra and Geometry concepts. I was hooked!

What is the best part about being a teacher?

The students. I want my students to know that there was at least one person in their life that day who cared for them and wants them to succeed.

If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Your future does not have to be determined by your past mistakes. Forgive yourself and go make your life better.

A good book read...

In this section of our blog we are sharing what some of our Virtual Arkansas Educators are reading. Each month will have a book review by one of our own! We hope by sharing our love of reading with you, you may find a book to enjoy as well.


I love listening to a good podcast. A popular topic in the podcasts I listen to is the Enneagram. Out of curiosity, I picked up this book last Spring since it was so highly recommended in these podcasts. I’m so glad that I did! It has changed the way I view myself and relate to others.

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system based on 9 numbers. Each number provides a description of different personality types and their characteristics, both positively and negatively. To truly learn what number fits you best, it is recommended that you read (or listen) in narrative format about each number instead of taking a test. This book is very practical, comprehensive, and contains some fun stories from the authors that allow us to gain an understanding of each number. Typically by the end of the book, a person can decide what number is the best fit for themselves, and may even discover what the authors describe as a “wing” or secondary number. It describes the typical characteristics of each number as a child, at work, while stressed, and insecurity. It encourages us to be healthy by determining what causes us to be unhealthy by encouraging self-reflection.

You will not only learn about yourself but also about the people around you. This will help you bring out the best in those around you and increase teamwork! This book is not only a conversation starter but also can be the beginning of a journey to self-discovery and deeper, healthier relationships.

Person Sharing: Stephanie LynnVirtual Arkansas Position: Math Instructor, VALT Leadership Team POC