Garry Potten emigrated from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Stockton in 1962 to play ice hockey and pursue his education. Not having completed high school, he enrolled in Stockton College in what turned out to be the final year of that institution. In 1963, Stockton College morphed into San Joaquin Delta College. Garry became a proud member of the first graduating class of Delta College in 1965. He continued his education earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sacramento State College in 1967. In 1967, Garry moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California as a member of the Teacher Corps. He graduated from USC in 1969 with a Master of Science Degree in Education and a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. He went on to earn an Administrative Degree and a Community College Teaching Credential.
Garry spent 10 years teaching with Stockton Unified School District as a teacher and mathematics resource person. During that period, he also spent time teaching an evening class in Instructional Media at Delta College. In 1979 Gary left the education field and worked five years in the computer business, then five years with a marketing company. However, the education field beckoned. Garry returned to Stockton Unified School District as an administrator in the Compensatory Education Department, where he worked for 4 ½ years before joining the California Department of Education as a Regional Coordinator for Math Matters, a National Science Foundation funded project. This project lasted six years. Upon completion of Math Matters, Garry joined the San Joaquin County Office of Education where he was the Director of Mathematics for San Joaquin Schools.
Garry retired in 2006 and enjoys golfing, trips to the coast, music in the park, most sports (especially hockey) and great food and drink. Speaking of great food, Garry had the good sense to marry a fabulous cook. He and Becky have been together 51 years, and married 46 of those years.
Garry Potten has spent most of his professional life dedicated to education. He attributes that dedication to the positive experiences provided during his years at Stockton and San Joaquin Delta Colleges.
Garry explains, “Being on the Citizens’ Oversight Committee is, in some small way, a means of showing gratitude for all that Stockton College and San Joaquin Delta College have done for me.”