Hello, 5th grader and families! My name is Ms. Gates. I've been teaching in the Pioneer district since 1994. My college career to prepare for my path in teaching began in 1989 when I attended Cazenovia College for two years. I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I then transferred to SUNY College at Fredonia where I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1993. I quickly began my Master's Degree in the reading program at Saint Bonaventure Universtity and finished in 1994. I then began my career at Arcade Elementary as a looping teacher. I taught 3rd to 4th grade for 17 years. I came to Pioneer Middle School in 2011 for a new challenge and I haven't looked back since! I love, love, love 5th grade kids and the curriculum I teach.On a personal note, I am happily married to a fantastic guy, Mark. We have two daughters, Lauren and Claire. Lauren and Claire both attend the University at Buffalo. We also have a dog we rescued and adopted. He is a lab mutt named Byron that we just love. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, reading, visiting my friends, traveling to new places and cooking for our friends and family.I always say I am so lucky to LOVE my job and really look forward to coming to school each and every day.