JOINING FIS STAFF - Students found a number of new faces welcoming them at Fulton Independent School when they began classes today. The district is excited to welcome a mixture of experienced and new staff while expanding its curricular offerings and maintaining its new extra-curricular programs.
The district will offer the third year of coding and broadcast journalism classes, allowing students as young as freshmen to complete career pathways in those subjects. They will also be providing additional reading instruction in the middle school and full-year Spanish instruction at Carr Elementary. The middle school students will also be entering the third year of implementation of The Leader in Me program initiated by the FranklinCovey Foundation, centered in the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” written by Stephen Covey.
Paige Aldridge Adair will be the new writing and math teacher for fourth and fifth grades. She is a Fulton native who eventually graduated from Graves County High School. She completed a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Kentucky before returning to Murray to complete a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Adair completed her student teaching at Wingo Elementary School.
Daniel Augustus will be serving as the district as an instructional interventionist at FHS through the AmeriCorps program. He will be doing math and reading interventions with middle school students while also serving as an assistant coach with the boys’ basketball team. He is a graduate of Obion Central High School and has completed 2 ½ years of college work at Dyersburg State and UTM. He served as an educational assistant and assistant basketball coach at OCHS last year and an assistant coach at Hillcrest Middle School previously.
Ginger Bard will be returning to the school where she worked for many years as the band director. This time, however, she will be teaching choral music at FHS and Carr while also teaching art to intermediate students and instrumental ensemble for middle and high school students. Immediately prior to her first retirement, Bard directed the choir program at Fulton County High School.
Alexandria Barnett will be joining the Bulldog athletic department as an assistant girls high school basketball coach. She is a graduate of Fulton County High School and currently works as a substance abuse counselor at the Fulton County Detention Center. After her high school career, she earned a scholarship and played two years at Shawnee Community College, then finished her athletic career and degree in sociology while playing basketball at Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois.
Chloe Brian is one of the new special education teachers at Carr Elementary. She is originally from Evansville, Indiana, and just graduated from Murray State in May with certifications in K-12 learning and behavior disorders and elementary education. She completed her student teaching in the Calloway County system. Brian has taken mission trips to Guatemala every year since 2012 where she has worked with special needs students in another culture.
Seth Frields is the new Spanish teacher for the district. He is a graduate of South Fulton High School and obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee – Martin. He spent the past 15 months teaching English in Nicaragua. Frields will be completing alternative certification through Murray State.
Dain Gregory will also serve as a special education teacher at Carr Elementary and head high school football coach. He has taught at Hopkinsville High School, Trigg County High School, Logan County High School and Ballard Memorial High School. Gregory is a Murray State graduate where he was also a varsity football letterman. He has previously served as an assistant football coach at Ballard and Trigg while serving as head coach at Logan County.
Cathy Hedgepath will be joining the Carr Elementary staff as a pre-school aide. She is a graduate of Sardis (TN) High School, and she most recently has worked for seven years for Obion County Central High School as an instructional aide.
Cassidy Hill is the new mathematics teacher at FHS where she will also teach upper level coding classes. She is a May 2017 graduate of Murray State after gaining an associate’s degree from John A. Logan College. She is a graduate of DuQuion (IL) High school. She completed her student teaching at Mayfield High School and served the last year as a mentor for students with disabilities. She is serving as middle school head softball coach and will be serving as assistant high school softball coach in the spring.
Sherri Langford will be the new librarian for the district, serving both at Carr and FHS. She will also teach 9th grade English and will serve as the HS academic team coach. She graduated from Union City High School before gaining her bachelor’s degree in secondary English teaching and her master’s degree in library sciences, both from UTM. She has worked as a graduate assistant at UTM, teaching Reading 100 classes, and previously served as a special education para-educator in two school districts.
Megan Martin will be the new English, language arts, and reading instructor for middle school students. She is originally from Shelbyville, IL and is a May 2017 graduate of MSU – all the while serving as a manager at Gatti’s in Murray. She completed her student teaching at Calloway County Middle School. Martin will be serving as middle school head cheer coach.
Mark Roberson Jr. has been hired as the alternative school teacher at Carr Elementary as well as the high school head girls’ basketball coach at FHS. He has worked the past 10 years for Tyson Foods in Union City, while also serving as assistant boys’ basketball coach at Dresden High School for three years and as assistant girls’ basketball coach at Fulton County High School for two years.
Stacey Tarver Smith will be the new reading and social studies teacher for fourth and fifth grades. After graduating from Wingo High School, she obtained a bachelor’s & master’s degree – the latter in reading & writing - from Murray State. She has previously taught third grade and kindergarten in Calvert City, Mayfield, and Wingo elementary schools, and most recently she completed three long term substitute roles for Mayfield. Smith will also be serving as middle school academic team coach.
Several other coaching changes will occur this season as well from existing staff. Daniel Farmer will serve as head middle school girls’ basketball coach. Eric Kerney will serve as assistant middle school girls’ basketball coach. Chris Mason will serve as head middle school boys’ basketball coach. Brittany Moxley will serve as the head track coach. Matt Moxley will serve as head wrestling coach. Julio Myers will serve as the high school softball coach.
Two other academic changes will also occur from existing staff. Harold Hutcherson will be serving as the alternative classroom teacher at FHS. While still teaching fifth grade social studies and directing the RTI instruction for the intermediate grades, Tammy Malray will be serving the district as head teacher at Carr Elementary.