Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 19, 2013

Fatheree takes on new role in children's entertainment

Characters help children resolve real-life issues

Tony Huffman
Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Effingham teacher Joe Fatheree is at it again.

The teacher and documentarian is assuming another role as president of Mutasia Entertainment LLC.

Fatheree will debut the entertainment group, which features a line of children's books, videos and music, at Helen Matthes Library's annual Family Read Night at the Effingham Performance Thursday.

Although the organization he helms is based out of Florida, with members from around the globe, Fatheree continues to keep his wide-ranging notoriety in his hometown. The 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year was modest about his success in a recent interview, wanting to keep the focus of his career on the young people he continues to serve in yet another capacity.

“Mutasia was created to inspire kids to do their best,” said Fatheree.

The 50 branded characters that are featured in Mutasia have undergone years of beta testing and character development. Fatheree was originally brought in by the company to help with the educational part of their story narrative. In typical Fatheree style, his contributions led him to become president of the company.

For more, see Wednesday's print edition.