Potter named 2018 ISPRA Communicator of the Year


Marshalltown Schools communications director Andrew Potter, center, received the Communicator of the Year award from the Iowa School Public Relations Association on April 19 in West Des Moines. Also pictured are ISPRA board members, from left, Nicole Lawrence of Waukee, Laura Sprague of Johnston, Beth Strike of Central Rivers AEA, Tammy Votava of the Iowa Association of School Boards, Mike Cyze of Dubuque, Jamie Evans of West Des Moines and Janelle Darst of Cedar Falls.  

Andrew Potter, communications director for Marshalltown Community School District, was named the Iowa School Public Relations Association’s (ISPRA) Communicator of the Year at the Annual ISPRA Communications Contest Awards Banquet on April 19, 2018.

Andrew has successfully served as director of communications for Marshalltown Community School District for the past 3.5 years. Andrew has been successfully leading the charge to change the perception of their district through his communication and marketing efforts, highlighting the district’s strengths in videos like Proud to Be a Bobcat and Proud to be Diverse.

“The value and contributions made to the Marshalltown Community School District and the students, staff, parents and community members by Mr. Andrew Potter are too numerous to mention. The body of his work speaks for itself and our school community is very fortunate to have someone with his knowledge, skills, talent and attributes working for our district,” said Marshalltown Community School District superintendent, Dr. Theron J. Schutte.

The ISPRA Communicator of the Year Award recognizes the exemplary leadership of Iowa’s outstanding communications professionals for demonstrated commitment to the enhancement of communication and relationships between their school systems and the families of the communities they serve. The award honors those who recognize that communication is a critical component of leadership.

“I am humbled to win this award from an association that includes so many great school communications professionals. I am thankful to our Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte for nominating me for the award and I accept it on behalf of so many dedicated and hard-working employees in Marshalltown Schools that I’m fortunate enough to call my colleagues and friends,” Potter said.