Title: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
Company: Campus High School
Location: Wichita, KS
Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Kansas State University (2019)
Career History: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Campus High School (2019-Present)
Brittney Potter, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher at Campus High School, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.
As a young girl, Ms. Potter moved to a small town and enrolled in a new school, where she felt isolated and unaccepted by her peers. However, there was a bright light for her in the form of her fifth-grade teacher, Mary Pinkston, who took her under her wing, helped her navigate the new surroundings, and made her feel like she belonged. This mentorship continued throughout middle school, during which she also served as her volleyball coach. It was Ms. Pinkston’s compassion and support that made her want to pursue a career as an educator—so that she, too, could help every student feel accepted, loved, motivated, and like there is always someone to rely on. To this day, Ms. Potter is still in contact with her and often defers to her when she has questions in the field.
In fact, it was Ms. Pinkston, who helped Ms. Potter—after she earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2019—get her first job. Since 2019, she has found success as a family and consumer sciences teacher at Campus High School in Wichita, Kansas. In her role, she has strived to go above and beyond for her students, the school, and the community as a whole. A sponsor for several clubs, she also heads an annual holiday event with the kids and town through which clothes, shoes, and toys are donated to those in the area who might be struggling financially. Additionally, she serves as vice president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences; an adviser for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; and is a member of the Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education and American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Determined to make an impact on the lives of students for years to come, Ms. Potter has ambitions of opening up a daycare at her school; obtaining a master’s degree; and one day becoming a college professor. However, she doesn’t think she could ever leave her high school students—looking into the field of counseling as an additional area of expertise, she wants to build on the connections she has with them and help them out as much as possible.