Fayette Schools welcome new faculty

New Fayette R-III Faculty prepare for the first day of school. Pictured front row (from left); Ellie Rice, Lauren Schekorra, Katie Wiggins; second row; Patrick Tray, Mallory Gose, Erica Begley, Brenda Kenagy; back row; Alex Kirby, Andrew Baxley, Novy Foland II, Brent Doolin.

Fayette Schools are starting classes this week.  While students may be reluctant for their summer break to end, almost a dozen shining new faces are excited about the new year.
Educators from all three Fayette Schools shared a little about themselves as they prepared for the first day of school.
Please help welcome the following new staff to the Fayette School system.
Ellie Rice
Hallsville native and University of Missouri-Columbia graduate Ellie Rice will be teaching Fifth Grade.  Rice decided she really wanted to teach when she was a junior in high school.  She says that decision helped her choose which college to attend.
Rice spent time in Southern Boone student teaching Third Grade, which she thoroughly enjoyed.  She is excited to start work in Fayette.  “I’m looking forward to spending everyday with my students!” she says.
Rice is happy to be in Fayette with her miniature schnauzer, Jack.  The Mizzou fan likes spending her off time riding her bike, visiting with friends, and hiking.
Lauren Schekorra
Lauren Schekorra will be teaching Third Grade at Daly Elementary. A native of Chesterfield, Missouri, she received her bachelors from Missouri State University. After graduating, she took a few years to figure out what direction she wanted to go with her degree.  During that time Schekorra worked in child care in Osage Beach and Columbia.  When she decided it was time to get certified, she attended Columbia College, student teaching at Ridgeway Elementary
Schekorra substituted in Columbia, and also worked as a paraprofessional for three semesters.  “It was a great experience that taught me many life long lessons.” After substituting and teaching summer school with Fun City Academy for three years, she is ready to have her own classroom.
Ever since the age of 5, Schekorra says she would tell her parents she wanted to be a teacher.  “My career never wavered growing up”, she says.
“I’m so excited to get into my classroom and meet my students and their families”, says Schekorra.  “I’m excited for this year and to be apart of Fayette and their amazing community!”
Katie Wiggins
Paraprofessional Katie Wiggins is returning to Daly Elementary for her first full school year. Wiggins joined Daly in February as a para professional after working for the Head Start program.
Wiggins says raising her four daughters teaching them letters, colors shapes, character values, etc., lead her to work toward her teaching certificate.  Currently a Junior at CMU in Elementary Education she looks forward to her own classroom one day.
Wiggins says she enjoys the Falcon teams.  “They are small focused groups that are a lot of fun to plan and lead! These small groups encourage conversation, curiosity, and play! It also allows me time to get to know the students better and I enjoy that aspect a lot.”
Patrick Trey
Fayette High School Principal is Patrick Trey.  Having grown up all over the Midwest, Trey graduated high school and college in Oklahoma before moving to California with a business administration degree and a career in retail.  Twelve years later, while on a field trip with his niece,  Trey decided to pursue his original career path plan of education.
After receiving master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and William Woods, Trey spent eight years teaching math at Douglass High School in Columbia. The last several years Trey has spent as principal at Prairie Home R-V.
Trey is ready to meet students.  “I love working with young adults.  I think a lot of people underestimate them.  They’re amazing and so full of promise and potential.”
Mallory Gose
Mallory Gose will be taking over Reading Intervention.  Hailing from Versailles, Missouri, Gose is new to her position, but not new to Fayette Schools.  For the past year she has been a reading paraprofessional.
Gose and her family enjoy calling Fayette home.  “ I have loved getting to know all of the students and teachers of Daly Elementary.” she says.  “The thing I am most looking forward to this year is seeing all of the smiling faces of the students again.”
Erica Begley
Erica Begley is the Art teacher for Daly Elementary(DES) and Clark Middle (CMS) Schools.
After finishing high school in Hannibal, Begley received her bachelors in Art from William Woods University.  With a mother as a teacher, Begley considered a career in education from a young age, even with a passion for creativity and design.  “The two meshed into an even greater passion for teaching art and an appreciation for the arts!” she says.
Begley just finished teaching art in Hallsville for three years and is ready to meet her students in Fayette.  “I am really looking forward to being a part of my students’ growth as artists and unique individuals!”
Brenda Kenagy
Brenda Kenagy is the new Special Education teacher at Daly Elementary where she will be teaching grades Kindergarten through Second Grade.
Originally from Tarkio, Missouri, Kenagy has made a career of teaching Special Education.  She enjoys working with children and watching them learn.
When asked what she most looked forward to for this school year Kenagy said she was ready for a great year at DES.  “I am excited to watch my students grow as learners.”
Alex Kirby
Band Director Alex Kirby is already familiar with Fayette, having earned his music education degree from CMU.  After completing his student teaching at Lebanon High School, Kirby taught at La Plata R2 school district before leaving to pursue his masters degree at Columbia College.
Kirby chose education so he would have the opportunity to share his passion for music with students as his directors did for him.  He says “I am looking forward to being able to work with such an established program in a great community.”
Andrew Baxley
Don’t hold the fact that Andrew Baxley is a former Westran Hornet against him. The new Physical Education teacher for DES is now a Falcon educator!
Baxley received his Physical Education degree from William Jewell, did his student teaching at Lawson High School, and has substituted at Westran in Huntsville.
Spending time in and around sports all his life, Baxley knew he wanted to continue with athletics in either training or education.
What does Baxley anticipate this year?  “I am looking forward to meeting the students and helping them develop a special skill set to become successful in their lives.”  (And being a Falcon, I’m sure.)
Novy Foland II
FHS welcomes home one of its own this year.  Novy Foland II not only attended Fayette Schools, but also received Biology degree from CMU.
After completing his student teaching in Salisbury, Foland taught seventh through twelfth grade science in Keytesville while coaching Junior High basketball and assisting with High School baseball.
He definitely keeps busy. Foland will not only be teaching high school Biology, Advanced Biology, Anatomy; he will assist with softball and baseball.  All while working on his Master’s in Biology from Clemson University.
Foland attributes a strong passion for science and wanting to help others achieve their goals with leading him to a career in education.  He says he is looking forward to getting to know the students.  “So far I’ve had a blast getting to know the softball players and I am beyond excited to meet the rest of the student body.”
Brent Doolin
Brent Doolin will be the new principal for CMS.  Originally from Unionville, Missouri, Doolin received a Bachelor of Religious Studies from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education for Business Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and a Masters in Education in Secondary Administration and an Education Specialist Degree from William Woods University in Fulton.
During his seven years teaching at Clark County High School in Kahoka  Doolin started and sponsored the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Business Leaders of America.  He also managed to coach Football and Basketball.  Doolin says he wanted to become teacher and coach so he could have “an influence on students and have the kind of impact on lives that my teachers and coaches had on me.”
“I’m looking forward to building new relationships with people and challenging students to grow mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally.  I’m also looking forward to watching my daughters Gracie and Ella make new friends as we all become Fayette Falcons!”
“I try to live the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and use those disciplines and paradigms to help other people become the best they can and reach their fullest potential.  I strive to be the husband, father, and person that Christ has called me.  I’m a huge sports fan and enjoy watching stand up comedy.  I try to live and be the blessing that I have received.”

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