Panther Spotlight 7: Karyna Cintron-Carbone & Mika Finney

Posted on 01/18/2018

Cabot Public Schools is proud to present, “Panther Spotlight.” This feature puts the spotlight on faculty and staff that are making a difference in the lives of our students every day.

Throughout the school year, we’ll recognize our outstanding certified and classified employees.

This week, “Panther Spotlight” is proud to recognize the district's ESL Coordinator Karyna Cintron-Carbone and CMSN math teacher Mika Finney.

Name: Karyna Cintron-Carbone.

Title: I am the English as a Second Language Coordinator for Cabot School District. 

How long have you been with the Cabot School District? I have been with the Cabot School District for 15 years... I think I get a pin this year!

Describe your job? I get to work with the most precious children and families! They are so eager to learn English in order to be successful socially, academically and in life. It is wonderful to witness their language growth while having the best teachers in the district to help them learn content at the same time. 

What is it that you love about being the ESL Coordinator? I love getting to work with families that have no other representation and helping them through the process of acculturation into our community. 

Why do you love working for the Cabot School District? Cabot has been my home for the last 16 years. Both of my boys are products of this wonderful district and community and I wouldn't change that in any way. Cabot is my home away from home!

What is it that you love about Westside Elementary? Westside is the BESTSIDE! No doubt about it! Westside has grown to be my family throughout the years, they have seen my children grow and have been by my side as I have grown professionally and as a human being. My Westside family has helped to shape who I am today. 

What did you do before working at the Cabot School District? I was working as a Spanish and ESL teacher for Searcy Public Schools. Searcy was a great place to work and I LOVED teaching Spanish!

Please share any memorable or favorite moments? I think some of my fondest memories are of the International Days we used to celebrate at Westside. It was just so rewarding to see the children's faces as they soaked up all the culture, geography, language and more that was offered at these events. Our community needs to have this exposure to the world, and International Day was a wonderful way to extend their learning through real-life experiences. 

How did you get into this field? Back when I taught in Searcy, they received the first Non-English speaking high school student while I was working there. My principal, Mr. Ronny Brown, came and asked if I could help out with the student and the rest is history. I am still in touch with this student’s family as his many siblings went through Searcy High School. I learned that these students needed someone like me to help them. 


If you weren't an ESL Coordinator, what would you be? I believe I would still be teaching languages. It is so much fun! I miss being in the classroom and capturing the excitement of learners!

Please share a motto or saying you live by? "Caminante, no hay camino, se hace el camino al andar" (Antonio Machado). That translates into, "Walker, there is no path, you make the path as you walk."

Can you please share a fun fact about yourself? I've been in a Hollywood movie! Captain Ron!

What is something someone would be surprised to know about you? Many are surprised to know that I am from Puerto Rico and that my husband is from Argentina. We met in Little Rock at the Cinco de Mayo Festival, we were the only non-Mexicans there! 

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love cooking! But I most enjoy getting to be with my boys and participating in the things they are exploring as they grow into young adults. 

Anything else you’d like to add? I'm honored to have been selected for the Panther Spotlight!

Sherri Jennings, Westside Elementary Principal: Karyna is such a huge asset to our school. She is an important liaison for our English language learners and their families. She trains ESL para within the school district to provide the best educational opportunities for our students K-12. Karyna works very hard to make sure that students and families from around the globe feel like Westside is their home away from home. She not only helps with educational transitions from other counties to Cabot, but goes above and beyond helping families set up medical, utilities, and any other service or needs that arise.

Name: Mika Finney

Title: 6th grade Math Teacher

How long have you been with the Cabot School District? As a teacher this is my fourth year in the district. However, I spent 13 years as a student in the district. 

Describe your job? My job is to support, care for, and encourage students while inspiring them to want to learn and to think for themselves. 

What is it that you love about being a math teacher? I love getting to build relationships with my students and be a part of shaping them into the young adults they are becoming. I love being able to share my infatuation with math with my students and encourage them to challenge themselves. More than anything, I love being in the classroom and seeing a student that has told you that they "hate math" or "aren't good at it" engaged in solving a problem and enjoying themselves in the process. 

Why do you love working for the Cabot School District? The Cabot School District honestly has some of the best students, teachers, and leadership of any district I have ever visited. I grew up in this district and so it is home to me! There is no other district I would rather have my children attend. 

What is it that you love about CMSN? I love the people! I honestly have some of the best co-workers a person could ask for and amazing leadership that is extremely supportive and encouraging.

What did you do before working at the Cabot School District? I was a college student and worked at my parents' print shop during college. 

Please share any memorable or favorite moments? There have been tons of memorable moments since I have become a teacher. My absolute favorite moments include watching a student finally "get it" after struggling to grasp a new math concept. The change in their entire demeanor is amazing to watch. Getting to hear from a past student is another great moment for me. 

Why did you get into this field? I chose teaching because I wanted to be a part of shaping the future. I had some wonderful educators that helped to shape me into the person that I am today, and I wanted to be that for students in our district now. 


If you weren't a teacher, what would you be? My husband says I would be a lawyer because I argue so well. LOL! Honestly, if I weren't a teacher, I would want to be involved in legislation so that I could help to create laws/regulations and make decisions regarding the education of our children. 

Please share a motto or saying you live by? "The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting."  Walt Disney

Can you share a fun fact about yourself? I absolutely love Disney! Also, I really like to do crafts. 

What is something someone would be surprised to know about you? I'm a perfectionist. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? Spend time with my boys, do crafts, and go to Disney World.

Dawn Peeples, Cabot Middle School North Principal: Mika Finney has to be one of the most reliable and dependable people you could ever meet.  If she sees a need, she will do whatever she can to meet that need and when she says she will do something, it will always get done. I do not think that I have ever seen her have a bad day either. She is such a joy to work with every day!

Panther Spotlight: Karyna Cintron-Carbone

Panther Spotlight: Mika Finney

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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746