lived in Scottsboro my entire life. I am a graduate of Scottsboro High
School, and I bleed black and gold!! I married my high school
sweetheart, Melton Potter, in 1983. Melton has served the City of
Scottsboro as Mayor since 2008, after retiring as Chief of the fire
department with 25 years service. We are the proud parents of Breanna, a
2008 SHS graduate, who completed undergraduate work in Biomedical
Science at Auburn University, and is now a proud PharmD graduate of
AU's Harrison School of Pharmacy.
I spent my first career as a
Registered Nurse at Jackson County Hospital (now Highlands Medical
Center), where I worked in the Surgical Department. I then worked as
Clinical/Surgical Coordinator for Dr. Jeff Hindman, an ophthalmologist. When Breanna was born, I was blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mom until she was in first grade.
In 1996, I was hired to begin a
Healthcare class for the Jackson County School system, based at Earnest
Pruett Center of Technology. In 1997, I "came home" to begin the same
program for Scottsboro High School.
I always knew that I wanted to go into
nursing, and was fortunate enough to be employed as a nursing assistant
at the hospital after school. Being exposed to the daily activities
of healthcare professionals confirmed my career decision, and gave me a
huge "head start" in my career. I am now able to give my students the
same valuable opportunities through the Health Science classes and
clinical rotations in community healthcare facilities.
I believe that I have the best of both
worlds--I am able to be a nurse and a teacher of an age group that I
love. It is so much fun to see a student fall in love with a healthcare
career, and I am grateful when I can help them achieve their career
goals. I am frequently asked, "Why do you teach when you can make more
money in nursing?" This question is answered every time I see a student