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Cora Potts: Unveiling Excellence

Dec 7, 2023

Cora Potts on the campus of VCSUCora Potts earned her Bachelor of University Studies and an Art Minor from Valley City State University in December 2023. Finishing her degree will help her to work full-time in the Valley City Public Schools and work with students of all ages.

Hometown: Bertha, MNcora potts
High School: Bertha-Hewitt Public School
Area of Study at VCSU: Bachelor of University Studies and an Art Minor

What brought you to VCSU? I first attended VCSU as a freshman in 2007. I was very active with the art department and played softball. I decided to return to VCSU this fall to complete a bachelor’s degree so I can apply for a substitute teacher license that will allow me to work as a long-term substitute.

What do you like about VCSU? I have always enjoyed the small community feeling of VCSU. I got to know a lot of other students when I first attended and enjoyed the smaller class sizes. VCSU always felt comfortable in the sense that any time you were on campus you felt like you belonged. I also appreciate the way that the Valley City community supports the university, taking Viking Pride beyond the campus and supporting the arts and athletics throughout Valley City.

Where do you hope this degree will take you? I am currently working as a substitute teacher for Valley City Public Schools. I spend most days at Washington Elementary (4-6) and the Junior/Senior High (7-12). In January I will begin a long-term position teaching 7th grade math, and in the fall I will serve a long-term position as the K-6 art teacher. Many people think that working with high schoolers is intimidating, but I find that they are some of the most interesting people. I have enjoyed the ability to build relationships with students of all ages, and the faculty and staff at VCPS have been amazing to work with.