Dr. Ric Potts, Associate Professor, spent 33 years with the Memphis City Schools as an elementary and high school teacher, curriculum director, principal, and Zone Director (area superintendent) supervising 62 schools. While at MCS he was also project director and chief investigator of the $25 million Striving Readers grant – developing and investigating middle school reading strategies. While principal at Idlewild Elementary, his school was recognized as the first Tennessee school to be awarded the International Reading Association’s Exemplary Reading Program. He is past president of the Tennessee Reading Association and currently in his sixth year as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education and Director of the Educational Leadership Program after being an adjunct professor for 22 years at Christian Brothers University. He has served on committees for the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, and currently serves on several Tennessee Higher Education Committees as well as other state and local advisory councils and boards. In 2012, he co-authored a book, Impressions from the Middle: Content Literacy Strategies for Improving Student Achievement.