We are Wilkins, We are Linn-Mar
Amanda Potter has been a principal for six years and the principal at Wilkins for three.
We talked to Mrs. Potter to find out what makes Wilkins so unique. Here’s what she said…
What led you to your career in education?
Growing up I always enjoyed working with children. I also was heavily involved in music activities and vocal performance. I realized there was a way to have the best of both worlds…become a music teacher! I loved teaching music for almost a decade but I also felt the need to challenge myself in another direction while still staying in the field of education. That led me to the decision to pursue Education Leadership and move into the field of school administration.
What are you most proud of accomplishing?
I believe the culture of a school is the foundation for everything to build on. My goal since coming to Wilkins has been to build a positive and supportive culture focused on continuous improvement.
What is the best part of being the principal at Wilkins?
We have the best students and staff at Wilkins! It doesn’t matter what might be going on each day, there is a tremendous system of support and encouragement at Wilkins Elementary.
What is the one word that best describes Wilkins?
What makes Wilkins so unique?
We have a wonderfully diverse population of students and teachers who are 100% dedicated to their overall success. Each day brings new adventures, as well as challenges, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is something we don’t know about Wilkins?
People may not know that we are in the beginning learning stages of becoming a themed school focused on Leader in Me. The focus is on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and we will be spending the 2019-2020 school year focused on the adult learning. This will prepare us for the student implementation during the 2020-2021 school year. We are so excited for the leadership opportunities and skills this will provide our students and their families, as well as the impact it will have on our own staff at Wilkins.
My children are students at Linn-Mar and I couldn’t be more pleased with the education they have been receiving. I began my teaching career at Linn-Mar and was so inspired by the leadership that I decided to become an administrator myself. I love how goal-oriented our district is and how the focus always remains on continuous improvement.