Tammy Potts named Basehor chamber’s Citizen of the Year
Tammy Potts was named the 2015 Basehor Citizen of the Year Award Thursday at the Basehor Chamber of Commerce's Community Christmas Silent Auction and Dinner.
Potts is the Basehor-Linwood Mentors and Care Cats Coordinator at Basehor-Linwood School District USD 458, working with about 250 volunteers each school year. Potts also provides academic support for Basehor-Linwood Virtual School students in their Distance Learning training and keeps up with virtual school seniors to make sure they stay on track for graduation.
During the summers, she creates Care Cats and mentoring goals for the upcoming school year, ensures scholarship money has been distributed, conducts Care Cats interviews for eight blocks of class time, performs regular office tasks for Basehor-Linwood Virtual School, and starts all over again with managing mentors throughout each school year.
Potts says that her role with the school district has created natural partnerships in the community, which might be why she has been on the Basehor Library Board of Trustees for the last six years. She currently serves as secretary, attending monthly meetings and devoting time to continuing education to ensure our community has one of the best libraries in the state. She even takes time to make sure each staff member feels valued and remembers each birthday with a gift card.
Potts is currently working with the Leavenworth County Humane Society trying to find resources for building a shelter. Potts is constantly working to find homes for animals in her spare time. She even spent part of one evening last July trying to help corral a lost emu on 158th street to get him back to his rightful owner.
Potts also worked closely with the Basehor Historical Society last year on a shoe drive to raise money to move the Reuben Basehor Library to the Basehor City Park.