Title: Educator (Retired)
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Bruce Llewellyn Potts, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.
With many years of experience to his credit, Mr. Potts is currently retired, having formerly excelled as an art, English and special education teacher in New Mexico for 25 years, during which time he was affiliated with the University of New Mexico for 14 years. After briefly relocating to San Diego, he returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he returned to active teaching on a part-time basis before shifting his attention toward public speaking. With his inherent skill at motivating children to become better artists as well as his ongoing desire to work with underprivileged children, Mr. Potts is currently considering becoming a mentor or part-time educator while continuing to pursue other ventures in his spare time, such as acting or helping the homeless.
Prior to embarking on his professional path, Mr. Potts was stationed in San Diego and Hawaii while serving in the U.S. Navy, with which he specialized in the oral interpretation of literature. As an artist, he focused his work in animal drawings, acrylic paintings and ceramic sculptures, which he exhibited in shows throughout Albuquerque and Gallup, New Mexico. During his naval service, Mr. Potts was recruited by a local children’s library to conduct storytelling with a hand puppet, which he later utilized to great success with a San Diego Public Library and even his Admiral’s Christmas party.
In addition to this work, Mr. Potts has been active in the entertainment business as a playwright, having penned “Pardon Me” for the University of Hawaii, and performed as an actor in the film “Cash” alongside prolific actor Sean Bean. He also conducted puppet shows for injured children at the Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu as well as for deaf children for Urban Gateways in Chicago. Mr. Potts is also a talented baritone singer, having studied vocals privately and having displayed his talents at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
To support his career, Mr. Potts obtained a bachelor’s degree in art education and speech communications from South Illinois University in 1978. He subsequently concluded his education at Western New Mexico University, from which he graduated with a Master of Education in Special Education in 1992. Attributing his success to his ability to set and complete goals, Mr. Potts is particularly proud of being recognized as the Sailor of the Month in 1973.
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