“It takes a whole village to raise our children. It takes a whole village to raise one child.”

If you find you would like to reach out to a teacher, administrator, or other staff member, please use the directory below to find who can best help you.

District Employees

Building Level Employees

John Karnes
Superintendent of Schools

Mr. John Karnes is currently serving his 37th year in education with the last twenty years being served in the West Fork School District. Mr. Karnes came to the West Fork School District in the 2003-04 school year to serve as high school principal where he served seven years. Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, Mr. Karnes was promoted to superintendent of schools and is still remains in this position.

Mr. Karnes and his wife, Michelle, make their home in West Fork and love being a part of the community. Together, they have seven children between them, four precious grandchildren, and a family dog named Brady. Four of their seven children graduated from West Fork High School.

Mr. Karnes is a graduate of Springdale High School’s Class of 1981. Upon graduating, he attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, where he played football and studied science. In 1986, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science. He continued his studies for one more year to obtain his teaching license and coaching endorsement finishing up at Tech in 1987. In May of 2002, he received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Finally, in 2007, he completed his Educational Specialist’s Degree from Harding University.

Mr. Karnes served as a science teacher/football coach for his first 15 years in education and has spent the last 21 years serving as a school administrator. He has worked in the Russellville School District, Prairie Grove School District, Harrison School District, Dover School District, Greenland School District, and hopes to retire from the West Fork School District some day.

Mr. Karnes enjoys spending quality time with his family, watching football, going to rock concerts, working in his yard, and traveling with his wife Michelle.

Andrea Ward
Director of Curriculum & Testing

Andrea Ward has been serving the West Fork School District as the Director of Curriculum and Testing since 2020.

Mrs. Ward earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Level Education, a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instructional Programming, an additional certification for Building Level Leadership, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Superintendency.

Her teaching career began in Bald Knob, Arkansas where she served as a middle school math teacher for three years. She then served the Searcy Public Schools, her high school alma mater, as a math specialist before taking some time off to stay home with her children.

After moving to Northwest Arkansas, Mrs. Ward served the Farmington School District as a teacher and instructional facilitator for three years before coming to West Fork.

She married her high school sweetheart, Joel, who has been serving the United States Armed Forces for almost twenty years in various roles including sniper instructor and recruiter. They live on a farm in the West Fork School District that they share with their three little girls and family members on both sides. When she is not at work, you will likely find her fishing, riding four wheelers, and sharing meals with their large family.

Patty Burnett
Human Resources
Diane Jones
District Treasurer
Amber Denny
District Secretary
Linda McKee
Accounts Payable
Carl Clements
Technology Coordinator & Title IX Coordinator
Cory Robbins
Network Administrator & Percussion Coordinator
FullSail University

At FullSail, I studied and received a degree in Music Production with an emphasis on composing music for film, TV, and video games.


University of Arkansas

I spent several years at the U of A, studying Percussion Performance, Percussion Education, Arranging, General Education, Choral Conducting, and Music Technology.


Network Management
Server Cluster Management
Web Development
Stephen Hale
Systems Administrator
Rob Roebke
Transportation, Maintenance, & Custodial Director
Danny Beard
Child Nutrition Director