A veteran instructor of 16 years and volunteer with the school marching band, the Martinsville, Va., native earned a University of Georgia bachelor’s degree in history and social science education in 1996 and a master’s degree in social science education in 1998.
Married for 15 years, Potter and his wife have five sons.
He was one of three finalists recognized at the annual Harvest of Heroes event Oct. 17 at the Performing Arts Center, along with second-grade teacher Jennifer Nelson of Hickory Flat Charter Elementary and art teacher Joseph Hawkins of Stockbridge Middle School.
“Their unique ability to impact the students in their classes enabled them to stand out even more amongst a group of well-deserving candidates,” Superintendent Ethan Hildreth said in a statement.
Potter received cash and prizes, including funds for the professional development conference of his choice, totaling more than $4,000.
The finalists were informed of their designations with a surprise visit from Hildreth and other members of the central office administrative team Sept. 30.
“It has just been an incredible few weeks for me. My wife and I just had our fifth child on Sept. 17 and then on my first day back at work I found out I was a finalist for TOTY,” Potter said in a statement.
“I haven’t been able to stop smiling for days. I feel so fortunate and blessed right now. This is one of the greatest recognitions I have received as a teacher. To be selected as a finalist among so many talented teachers is such a huge honor.”
Potter will now represent the system in the Georgia competition.
Nelson and Hawkins received cash and prizes in excess of $1,500.
Also recognized at the evening’s ceremony were:
-Carolyn Gay, Locust Grove Elementary, service employee of the year
-Judith Haynes, Fairview Elementary, school nutrition employee of the year
-Pat Will, Smith-Barnes Elementary Bus Driver, transportation employee of the year
-Amy Tinsley, Student Support Services Department, support personnel of the year
-Juli Gilbert, McDonough Elementary, media specialist of the year, who also sang a solo at the event.