Mrs. Kates

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About Me

My husband and I have one SPOILED dog!


 I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University. I then taught environmental education for six years. This experience made me realize that I wanted to work with children outdoors and indoors everyday! I went back to school and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching  from the University of Northern Colorado. 


I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.


In my free time I enjoy spending time outside, especially with my husband and dog (Bug).  I can be found hiking, mountain biking, climbing, gardening, xc skiing, and taking care of my chickens. 

Favorite Quote: 

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, but just felt in the heart.”  ~ Helen Keller

Favorite Book or Story: 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein