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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Remember…DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS APRIL 10, 2014 AT 12:00 P.M. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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.
THANK YOU NATALIE MCCUTCHEN FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE STUDENTS AT
FRANKLIN-SIMPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL!!
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.
Ron Henderson (1985) Receives Academy Award 1.15.14
Franklin Simpson alumnus Ronnie Henderson (85) was named an Academy Award Winner for Scientific and Technical Achievements and will receive his honor on February 15, 2014 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. To read more about Ronnie’s achievements, follow this link http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2014/20140108.html
Ronnie and his wife Debbie (Roberts), also an FSHS alumnus reside with their family in California. Congratulations to the Hendersons!
Kim Wren Receives Excellent Educator 1.2.14
Our first post of 2014, and FSEEF is pleased to announce that Kim Wren, kindergarten teacher at Franklin Elementary has received the distinction of Excellent Educator!
Mrs. Wren’s nomination included the following parental comment: “My daughter loves going to school each day. She’s learning and she feels successful. What more could you ask for?” A student’s nomination stated that Mrs. Wren was, “a good teacher, nice, and makes me smile!”
Mrs. Wren has been involved with public education for 14 years. All 14 of those years she has been in the Simpson County School District. She currently is a Kindergarten Teacher. In addition, she has taught First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Title I.
Mrs. Wren was born and raised in Franklin, Kentucky. She attended Western Kentucky University where she earned her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree, also in Elementary Education.
“Seeing the sparkle in my students’ eyes when they have discovered or learned something for the very first time” is the best part of her job, she states. She is married to Zak Wren, also a Franklin-Simpson graduate and they have two sons, Dax and Max. In her free time, Mrs. Wren enjoys spending time with her family and teaching 4-year olds in Sunday School at Woodburn Baptist Church.
Thank you, Kim Wren, for your dedication to Simpson County students!!
Triscilla Harding Selected as Excellent Educator 12.12.13
Meet Triscilla Harding, FSEEF Excellent Educator!
Ms. Harding’s nomination included the following parental comment: “Ms. Harding always goes above to ensure my son is receiving the best education SES has to offer!” This current year marks her eighth year teaching, and she has taught all of these eight years in Simpson County. She teaches 2nd Grade and is also working with the Talent Pool Program at SES this year. Prior to being hired to teach full time, she was a substitute teacher in Simpson County for four years while getting certified for teaching.
Ms. Harding grew up in the Sunshine State, specifically in Silver Springs, Florida. She received her BS Degree in Business from the University Of Florida, a BS Degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University, and her Masters in Reading Literacy from Walden University.
She states that one of the favorite parts of her job is simply the children. She commented, “When I see things through their eyes, I enjoy life so much more. I get excited when they get what I am teaching and make connections.”
Even though Ms. Harding has no children of her own, she gets to share her life and love with 22 to 24 new students every single year. In her spare time, Ms. Harding enjoys music, performing with the local community theater, photography, traveling, gardening, and her pets.
Thank you, Triscilla Harding, for your dedication to Simpson County students!!
Natasha Grimes Receives Excellent Educator 12.10.13
Mrs. Grimes’ nomination included the following student comments: “She teaches great” and “I think that Mrs. Grimes is an excellent BFF and a good hard worker.” Mrs. Grimes has been involved with public education for 14. 5 years. Fourteen of those years she has taught in the Simpson County School System. She currently teaches 4th Grade Language Arts at Lincoln Elementary School. In addition to her present position, she has also taught Third Grade and Fifth Grade in Simpson County.
Mrs. Grimes was born right here in Franklin, Kentucky and attended all the schools in our district. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s Degree from Western Kentucky University.
She truly enjoys her chosen profession. She states that, “Everyday with teaching is a new day. I love when students make connections and their light bulbs start going off.” She also says that many times students teach her something new. “Teaching is not always about academics. It is also about knowing your students, loving them, and making them a part of your life,” she states.
Mrs. Grimes is married to Jeff Grimes, a Chaplain in the United States Army. They have three sons: Colin, a 6th grader at FSMS, Carson, a 2nd grader at Simpson Elementary, and Carter, a three year old. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she also teaches Sunday School. In addition, she is a coach for youth soccer. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, blogging, and writing.
Thank you, Natasha Grimes, for your dedication to Simpson County students!!