Mrs. Pote is in her eighteenth year (2023) as Director of Bands at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana where she directs Beginning Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble as well as Pep Band. She also serves as a staff member for the six-time Grand National Champion and State Champion Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds.
Prior to teaching in Carmel, Mrs. Pote was Director of Bands at Center Grove Middle School in Greenwood, Indiana where she served as an Assistant Director of the Center Grove High School Marching Trojans, a consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalist and 1999 Indiana State Champion. Her teaching experience also includes positions as Director of Bands at Plainfield Community Middle School and South Marshall Middle School.
Mrs. Pote’s ensembles have consistently received gold ratings “With Distinction” in state and regional festivals as well as numerous Grand Champion Awards at the Music in the Parks Festival in Cincinnati, OH. She is active as a presenter and guest clinician across the Midwest. In 2015, the Clay Middle School Wind Ensemble was honored to be selected and perform at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival. She is a member of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In May of 2022, she was named the Clay Middle School Teacher of the Year and in 2023 was named Phi Beta Mu, Gamma Chapter, Outstanding Bandmaster.
Mrs. Pote received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. She lives in Carmel with her husband, Michael and son, Devin.