Learn More about “Power of the Pearl” 2.7.14



Power of the Pearl is a new fund being established at FSEEF.  We invite you to learn more about this unique opportunity for women to become involved in this fund.  An event for women only is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The link below will take you to our Power of the Pearl webpage for more information.






Spring Break!! 3.28.14

springbreak3The FSEEF office will be closed during Spring Break, but we will be checking email and voicemail during that week.  Please feel free to contact us and we will be back in touch as soon as possible.  Safe travels and HAPPY SPRING BREAK!!


Bob Arnold Receives FSEEF Excellent Educator 3.28.14

Bob Arnold 

Mr. Arnold’s nomination included the following student comment:  “He is always funny, and he’s good with kids.”  Also, another student stated, “He is fun and nice.  He is a good teacher.”  A colleague states that Mr. Arnold works very hard to ensure his students gain knowledge, in his classes, that will carry them throughout their lives. 

Mr. Arnold has been involved with public education for the last 4 years.  This is currently his 3rd year in Simpson County.  He enjoys teaching both physical education and health to all the students at Lincoln Elementary School.  

Born in Cherry Creek, New York, Mr. Arnold attended Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York.  This is where he received his A.A.S. in Individual Studies with concentration in Aviation.  He then attended the University of Kentucky for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.  He majored in Kinesiology and Health Promotion and Teaching/Coaching, respectively.     

Mr. Arnold truly enjoys his current career at Lincoln Elementary School.  He says he truly enjoys the daily variance that his students bring to his life.  He states, “Every day with them has its pleasant surprises and the growth my students display drives me on a daily basis.” 

In his free time, Mr. Arnold enjoys relaxing, playing sports with his family and friends, hunting, and reading.  He likes to stay active during his free time. 


Thank you, Bob Arnold, for your dedication to Simpson County students!!

Ron Henderson Academy Award Acceptance 3.11.14

Wow!  This is amazing!!

Ron is a 1985 graduate of Franklin-Simpson High School.  If memory serves, he was a yearbook staffer, and look at him now!  Congratulations to Ron, his wife Debbie Roberts Henderson and their children, as well as Ron’s parents!!


FSEEF Board of Directors Approves First Quarter Funding 3.11.14

The FSEEF board of directors would like to thank everyone for their applications this quarter.  A variety of opportunities came before the board who funded the following:

Community Education Water Bots Summer Camp–provides funding for supplies to add on to the current collection of robotics equipment and also to provide partial scholarships for students who want to attend the summer camp.

Boy Scout Troop 47–provides funding for High Adventure Camp scholarships during summer, 2014.

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding–provides 7  therapeutic riding lessons for Simpson Elementary students with special needs.  We appreciate Simpson Elementary providing funds for student transportation.

Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky–provides “JA in a Day” for students at the Learning Opportunities Center this spring and for Simpson Elementary students in the fall.

FSEEF also dispersed its 3rd quarter commitment to the Chinese Program provided by Simpson County Schools.

The scholarship committee is actively seeking applicants for the 2014 FSEEF and F-S Alumni scholarships.  Applications may be downloaded from this website or paper copies are available in the guidance office.

FSEEF and F-S Alumni Scholarship Applications Now Available 2.14.14

Applications for the FSEEF and F-S Alumni Association scholarships are now available for download or through the FSHS guidance office.  Deadline for both applications is Thursday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m.  Questions regarding scholarship applications should be directed to Scholarship Chairperson  fsscholarshipcommitte@gmail.com or the FSHS guidance office.  The FSEEF and F-S Alumni Association scholarship processes are managed and administered by a volunteer committee.

Franklin Simpson Alumni Association scholarship is open to any FSHS senior who the child of an FSHS alumnus.  Please see application for further qualifications.

2014 FS Alumni Association scholarship


Franklin Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation scholarship is open to any FSHS senior who is interested in pursuing an education-related career.  Please see application for details.

2014 FSEEF Scholarship Application



Meet Excellent Educator Natalie McCutchen 2.4.14


If you are on Facebook and follow the Simpson County Schools page, you have heard much about Natalie recently! Not only has she received her National Board Certification, her blog entry on Kentucky Core Standards has also been published by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. However, the FSEEF board of directors has known that Natalie McCutchen is special for quite some time and has awarded her the honor of Excellent Educator!

Natalie is a native of Logan County, Kentucky. She attended Western Kentucky University and obtained her BS in Middle Grades Education (2005), MA in Administration (2010), and National Board Certification (2013). She has been teaching for 9 years–all in Simpson County! She has taught 7th grade math and is also a Hope Street Group Kentucky Teacher Fellow.

Natalie become a teacher to make a difference and because she loves students. Her mother was a teacher, and Natalie saw what a positive impact she had on her students, and Natalie knew she wanted to do the same. She says, “I hope to leave a legacy of love and dedication.” The most fulfilling part of her job is creating relationship with her students and “helping them discover their own personal greatness.”

  • According to student nominations, Natalie McCutchen is…
    “caring, helpful, and nice.”
    “a teacher that taught me the most last year. She can be strict, but she can also have a lot of fun.”
    “a teacher who helps with whatever I need,  and I just love her laugh.  She is awesome!!”

When not busy sharing her “awesomeness” with her students, she loves to spend time with her husband Charles McCutchen, III and their two children Natalya (3) and Macaiah (18 months) as well as her extended family. She also enjoys reading and writing.



Welcome New Board Members 1.20.14

FSEEF would like to welcome its newest board members to our organization! We are pleased to have this diverse group of ladies join us in furthering our mission and making an impact in the Franklin-Simpson community.

Jan Murphree and Debbie Wyatt will assume full board roles effective January 20. Karen Monroe will assume full board duties at the end of June, 2014. These women attended our new board member training session last week and will be a part of their first full board meeting this evening! Meet our newest board members…

Jan Murphree is a lifelong resident of Simpson County and lives on her father’s farm which is the oldest family owned farm in Simpson County. She graduated from FSHS in 1975 and attended Western Kentucky University. She was employed with the Simpson Circuit Court Clerk’s Office after unification of the Judicial System in January, 1978. Jan was elected Circuit Court Clerk in 1996–a position she held until her retirement in December, 2012. Jan served as secretary for the 1986 Simpson County Bicentennial Committee. Has been a member and past-president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She has also served on numerous committees for the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Association. Jan has two children–Jim and Katy–both FSHS alumni. Katy is pursuing her Master’s Degree and Western Kentucky University while Jim is working on dual undergraduate degrees at WKU and will graduation in May, 2014. Jan feels fortunate and proud to serve the residents of Simpson County as a public servant and holds the utmost respect for our school system and those that work for higher education for the betterment of our youth and community.

Debbie Wyatt, EdS is a recent Franklin transplant., moving here from the Atlanta area two years ago after her retirement as an elementary school assistant principal. She also worked at Shorter University where she taught in the education department and supervised student teachers. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan and has her EdS in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Georgia. Since moving to Kentucky, she has become involved with Camp Habitat, where she currently serves on the Executive Board. She also is president of the Franklin Garden Club, helps deliver food for Feeding America, and is an elder at Franklin Presbyterian Church. When she is not volunteering, she loves to read, quilt, and garden. After 26 years in the hectic world of Atlanta, she is thoroughly enjoying small town living and is amazed at the friendly and caring atmosphere of the Franklin-Simpson community. She and her husband live in the Hickory Flat community.

Karen Monroe
is a native of Franklin and graduated from Franklin Simpson High School and Western Kentucky University. Upon graduation from WKU, she moved to the Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD area where she was a Statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Karen’s interest gradually navigated toward computers and she spent several years as a Computer Network Engineer doing consulting work in Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Washington, and Annapolis. Karen has two children in the Franklin Simpson school system and returned to the area so they could attend school in a small town and be near their grandparents. Karen has volunteered with several programs within the schools and her favorite is the reading buddies program at Simpson Elementary. Karen believes the parent is truly the one that benefits most when they volunteer within the schools. She has learned so much about her daughters’ education from being on committees, especially the Site Based Decision Making boards. When not working, Karen enjoys traveling, live music, and NFL football.

FSEEF will also be bidding a fond farewell to outgoing President Therese Rushing and Vice President Anne Mann. We sincerely thank them for their tireless efforts to lead FSEEF to a stronger place during their terms of office. Their love of the community and keen understanding about the importance of quality education for learners of all ages has been a driving force in moving FSEEF forward in both achieving its mission and continually growing to serve our community. Anne and Therese will not be leaving the organization completely…They will be helping FSEEF further organize its committee structure and development plan.

February 1 All Starz Dance Recital to Benefit FSEEF Arts in Education 1.16.14

Come one, come all to see some of the most talented and adorable dancers in our area!!

All Starz Dance Academy presents “Love Struck,” a Valentine’s themed recital on February 1. You will see lots of seasoned dancers as well as some super cute little ones strutting their stuff on stage. Tickets will be available through All Starz Dance Academy.

Special thanks to Melissa Morgan Bullington for choosing FSEEF as this year’s charity of choice. We are super excited to start our Arts in Education Fund with this initial contribution.

Mark your calendars and get your tickets! More details will follow…

Lincoln Elementary Robotics Team=Success 1.15.13

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is best illustrated through the use of robotics at Lincoln Elementary School.
Education in action! FSEEF provided $4,000 to assist LES in upgrading their robotics program. We are proud to say that 150 students in 4th and 5th grades have participated in this program.