Mrs. Kathy Potter

Medical Professions/Health Science/ HOSA
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Subjects Taught
Advanced Healthcare, Foundations of Healthcare, Healthcare Internship, Healthcare Specialization, Senior Project (Mentorship)

Education

ADN: Northeast Alabama Community College

BSN: University of Alabama-Huntsville

Master's level courses in Career/Technical Education-Alabama A&M University



Experience

Licensed as a registered nurse since 1982.

Certified as a Health Science teacher since 1996.



Bio

I have 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 succeed.

 



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