Les Potter, 2014
- Chair and Associate Professor, School of Education
- DSC employee since November 2009
Degrees and schools where awarded: BS in History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; M. Ed. in Counseling/Psychology, George Washington University; M. Ed. in Educational Leadership, University of North Florida; Ed. S. & Ed. D. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of South Carolina; Post. Doc. in Equity and Excellence, Harvard University, and International Education, Doncaster College, England
Career/Professional honors: Surviving 45 years in public education.
Outside interests: Sports, informational TV, reading and writing.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I was the principal of Silver Sands Middle School for nearly 10 years.
What professional projects are you working on right now? We are working on grants and getting our graduates hired; we continue to have a great working relationship with Flagler and Volusia County Schools.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Our department taking the BSED program from where we started in November 2009 to where it is today, thanks to the hard work of our faculty, staff and students!
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? Silly, but I would like to publish 100 articles, chapters and books. I have 80 publications now.
In life? Never to retire - continue working.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Be prepared for life
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I guess that I am in my college’s Hall of Fame for basketball, and that I coached basketball in high school and in college.
Last book read: Don’t read too many books, mainly education articles; however, I suppose the last book I read was Creating a Culture for High-Performing Schools, 2nd edition; Bulach, Lunenburg & Potter.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Good question. Probably poor attempt at humor.
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Jesus, Ben Franklin, Fredrick Douglass and Abe Lincoln (a fifth person would be my wife).
The Daytona State of Mind to me means that as an institute we care about our students and each other.