Extraordinary: A Typical Day in the Special Life of Kylie Purifoy
Outgoing and active Kylie Purifoy is always on the move. From working in the theater department at a local high school to volunteering with the dance and drama teams, she is no stranger to the spotlight.
1. Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Kylie Erin Purifoy. I am 31 and live in Lakewood in North Little Rock, Arkansas. I work in the Theater Arts Department at North Little Rock High School. I like to go shopping, workout, go tubing and jet skiing at the lake, watch movies, go four-wheeling and get my hair and nails done.
2. What are your dreams for the future?
I want to teach dance combinations and choreography at work and practice my artwork more. I also want to be a country singer.
3. What do you do at work?
I used to take dance with Mrs. Pitts. She is the dance instructor for NLR High School. When I graduated from high school in 2008, she asked me to join the department. I volunteer and help out in dance and drama. I also help with oral communication and debate.
4. What do you wish people knew about Down syndrome?
We are no different than anyone else.
5. What advice do you have for kids younger than you with Down syndrome?
Work hard and try new things.
6. What advice do you have for parents of kids with special needs?
My dad Philip took me to go horseback riding when I was 6 years old. My mom taught me how to do my laundry and my hair and makeup. My "Daddy Tom" and mom have taken me to 41 different states. My parents gave me a lot of opportunities growing up. Parents should not do everything for their kids. I like being independent.
- Public speaking: “I loved speaking at my sister’s wedding reception.”
- Adding pictures to Facebook and Instagram.
- Teaching Sunday school with Mrs. Kirby.
- Traveling and spending time with her family.
- Playing games with her siblings.
- Cheering for the Arkansas Razorbacks.