VERNON - The product of a long line of educators, one volunteer pre-kindergarten teacher knows what it means to take pride in her students.

"I honestly couldn't be more pleased with the job that Mrs. Potter does with my son Cash," wrote Rachel Yates, who nominated Vernon Elementary School VPK teacher Terra Potter for Washington County News/Holmes County Times-Advertiser's Amazing Teacher Award. "She takes pride in her job and gives it (her all) everyday."

Potter gained interest in teaching through the experiences of others in her family, particularly, her mother who taught for 30 years.

"It's just a calling," Potter said. "I come from a long line of educators and I just like working with kids."

Potter's attention to the details of creating an inviting educational environment is another reason why Yates nominated her. But, above all, her commitment to catapulting her students learning gains is what makes Potter stand out from the rest.

"It's a delight to see those light bulbs turn on," Potter said. "It's the best feeling in the world."

She said she aims for her students to demonstrate fluency in reading by the time they enter kindergarten - something, she says, kindergarten teachers consider to be a signature of hers.

"They'll say 'I can tell Mrs. Potter had this one," she added.

"And that makes me feel so good," she concluded. "I instilled those core values in them and they're just taking it with them."

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