A host of new faculty and staff hires for Fulton Independent will provide new faces, new energy, and some new opportunities for the district’s students in the 2016-17 school year. FIS announced five new faculty members during its June Board of Education meeting, and two additional para-professional coaches will add their talents to the staff.
With the staff additions, the district obtained two teachers with extensive experience in track for the district’s newly reorganized team one who will start a cross country team for the district in the fall; one who will start a middle school softball team and coach the high school team; two who will help the district start a wrestling program; and another who will bring extensive experience to the volleyball program.
Amy Chicoine will be joining the district as its middle school science teacher, while also teaching middle school social studies. She is originally from Naperville, IL, before moving to Shelbyville, TN for her final two years in high school. She is a 2016 graduate of UT Martin. While at UTM she was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi – Education Honors Society – as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Chicoine was a four-year member of The Mission Collegiate Ministry and, as a high school student, was awarded the “Operation Enduring Freedom” award by the Bagram Theater Interment Facility by hosting a products/gift drive for soldiers in Afghanistan. She will be serving as the sponsor of the Beta Club.
Colleen Fyffe will be the district’s new middle school math teacher, while also teaching freshmen Algebra I. She was a graduate of Anderson County High School before completing her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University. While at EKU she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Fyffe was a stand-out fast pitch softball player during her high school career, being named as a 2nd Team All-State member during her junior year and a 1st Team All-State member her senior year. She was named the Kentucky Prep Junior of the Year in 2006, and played internationally in Italy as part of a United States team. She was also an All-District volleyball player during her senior year. For her high school accomplishments, she was awarded a scholarship to St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, and most recently was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Anderson County High School.
The all-state athlete has been coaching individuals in pitching and hitting for several years and will take the rein of the Lady Bulldogs softball team for the spring of 2017. Fyffe will also help develop a feeder program for the high school by starting a middle school softball squad for students in grades 5-8 this fall.
Chad Fyffe, husband of Colleen, will be joining the FIS team as a para-professional assistant coach in softball as well as helping provide leadership to get a wrestling program started at FIS. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marines, where he was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was part of a state championship wrestling team at Woodford County High School as a student, and he was a coach this year for Madison Central’s middle school program, which boasts of two state champion wrestlers. Fyffe holds a teaching certificate as well and hopes to become a part of the district in other capacities.
Brittany Bohn and her fiancé, Matt Moxley, will also be joining the FIS faculty after their wedding ceremony in July. Bohn graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet, IL in 2011, before earning a scholarship as a member of the track team at Murray State University. She graduated from MSU in May, and she will be serving as the district’s pre-school teacher.
Bohn was a four-year member of the MSU track and cross country teams and became a four-year OVC scorer in track and a three-year OVC scorer in cross country. She earned OVC gold medalist honors in the DMR and 3K steeplechase in 2015 and 2016. Bohn will serve as an assistant on the track team while also providing leadership to start a cross country team at FIS this fall.
Moxley is also a graduate of Mahomet-Seymour HS in Illinois before earning an Associate of Science from Parkland College and then a Bachelor of Science at Murray State in December, 2015. He will be teaching second grade and physical education for all grades at Carr Elementary during the 2016-17 school year.
During his high school career, Moxley earned nine varsity letters and was a tri-sport athlete all four years of high school. He was captain of the wrestling team and qualified for the Illinois state wrestling tournament in team. He was also a state track & field medalist as part of the 4 x 800 relay team. He has served as an IHSA wrestling official for two years, an assistant junior high wrestling coach for a year, and a high school assistant girl’s track & country coach at Mahomet-Seymour for a year.
Moxley will serve FIS as an assistant middle school football coach this fall while also providing leadership to help start a wrestling program, focusing on developing a program through for elementary and middle school students.
Shelby Penrod is a graduate of Crittenden County High School and currently resides in Marshall County. She is a 2016 graduate of Murray State University with certifications in K-12 special education and P-5 Elementary Education, while also taking coursework to add middle school science and math endorsements to her certificate. She will be teaching science and handwriting for students in grades 3-5 while also picking up classes in math and language arts.
Penrod has worked as an instructional assistant in the Massac County, IL school district during the last two years while completing her coursework for her Bachelor’s degree. Penrod was active as a cheerleader in high school, and she will be serving the district as its high school cheer sponsor.
Amanda Crask will be bringing her skill set as an assistant coach to the Lady Bulldogs volleyball team while she is completing her student teaching under UT Martin at Union City Elementary. Crask came to UT Martin on a volleyball scholarship and was a three-year standout on the squad. Prior to coming to UTM, she was named to the KVCA All-State 1st Team in 2010 and 2011. She was a member of the Mercy Academy (Louisville, KY) KHSAA state championship teams in 2008 & 2009, and state runner-up in 2010, earning all-tournament selection in 2009. As a sophomore she was named an All-American by Prep Volleyball, as well an AAU All-American, leading the MidAmerica Volleyball Association to a national runner-up finish.