Hello! My name is Ellen Gates and I am the reading coach at Thomasville Elementary School. I was born and raised here in Thomasville and am proud to be part of the Thomasville City Schools team. I am a graduate of Auburn University where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I later received my Master’s degree from UWA. Most recently, I completed my administration add-on certificate in Educational Leadership. Another accomplishment that has helped me grow as an educator is the completion of my National Board Certification. This was a process that I am thankful for as it made me a better teacher.
I love being able to work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents to help increase reading proficiency. Did you know that if your child reads just twenty minutes a day, he or she will become exposed to almost two million words? Imagine the new words and the learning that takes place! Reading really is the key to success!
Aside from being the reading coach, I am a wife and mother. I am married to John Gates and we have two daughters, Mary Kellen who is 10 and Meg who is 7. My family attends Thomasville United Methodist Church. We enjoy doing anything outdoors, especially if it involves fishing or playing on the water.