Previously, Fulkerson served 31 years in the Kingsport City School System; 10 years as elementary school principal, 4 years as an assistant principal at Dobyns-Bennett High School, 4 years as an assistant / associate principal at John Sevier Middle School and 13 years as teacher, basketball coach, athletic director at John Sevier Middle School.
Fulkerson holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary and special education from Tusculum College, a master’s in special education from East Tennessee State University, and an administrative endorsement from Lincoln Memorial University. He has served as an examiner for the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence and was awarded the Kingsport City Schools 5th-8th Grade Teacher of the Year for 1997.
“I am excited to embark on this new professional journey at Greeneville City Schools,” Fulkerson said. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as principal and assistant principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and the relationships and work accomplished there will always be valued. I welcome new challenges and look forward to serving the students, families, and staff of the Greeneville City Schools community.” He has been married to his wife Ramona Ottinger, who is a 5th grade math/science teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary, for 27 years. They have four children. Joseph, Sped. Teacher at George Washington Elementary, John, junior at UT Knoxville, Faith, Freshman at ETSU and Hope, Sophomore at Dobyns-Bennett High School.
Steve Starnes, Director of Schools, stated; “We are excited to have someone with Mike’s experience and character taking on the role of Federal Projects Director within our district. He has a strong background as a teacher and an instructional leader and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our team. His experience with special education and serving as a principal in a Title 1 school will be a great benefit to him as he takes on this new role. He is very personable and has a huge heart for serving students and teachers.”