Teacher Information

Mrs. Keri Gates

Phone: Google Voice: (281) 846-4559

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed Educational Administration B. A. Education, with a specialization in English Texas Education Agency Endorsements: English as a second language (ESL) Gifted & Talented (GT)

Mrs. Keri Gates

 

Educational History

I was born in Des Moines, Iowa but escaped the cold as soon as possible!  I moved to Texas as a youngster and attended schools in Clear Creek ISD in League City, Texas.  I have always wanted to be a teacher.  I took education classes at the University of Houston -- Downtown.  I earned my B.A. in Urban Education (’01) and my M.A. in Educational Administration (’07), both from the University of Houston.  

 

I have been teaching for 16 years, and I thoroughly enjoy what I do.  My professional experience includes teaching English, Teen Leadership, AVID, Speech, and Journalism.  James Bowie Middle School is a great place to work, and I value working with a caring and collaborative 7th grade ELA team. 

 

Personal Life

I am mom to an artsy 5th grader and wife to a math teacher & soccer coach.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling, attending UTSA football games with my family, and shopping at local farmers markets.  I believe family comes first.  As a working parent, I strive to maintain a balance between being present with my family and being passionate about my classroom.

 

Pandemic Positive

I am genuinely in the high-risk category for Covid complications.  Without question, this adds an extra layer of difficulty to this school year.  I still don't know what to expect, but I can tell you that I have more excitement than anxiety in my heart.  As always, I am willing to do my professional best to make sure my students are well educated and cared for in my classroom, whether that be virtual or in person.  I enjoy teaching with technology, so I am excited to see technical skills grow alongside the academics.  We will navigate this pandemic experience together and make changes, as needed.  Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns about my classes, and I will be happy to visit with you.

Teacher Schedule

  • Regular Schedule:
     
    Period 1:  7th grade Pre-AP English
     
    Period 2:  7th grade Pre-AP English
     
    Period 3:  8th grade Journalism/Yearbook
     
    Period 4:  8th grade Journalism/Yearbook
     
    Period 5:  7th grade Pre-AP English
     
    Period 6: Professional Planning
     
    Period 7:  7th grade Pre-AP English
     
     

Teacher Tutorial Schedule

  • Tutorial 1:  
    Mondays  8:00am-8:50am
     
    Tutorial 2: 
    Wednesday 4:15pm-5:00pm
     
    Tutorial 3: 
    All other times available by appointment
     
     

Classroom Norms

Philosophy of Teaching

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    “Robert Fulgham said, “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” Everything I do is filtered through that thought. I believe skillful educators build caring relationships with students based on kindness and mutual respect. Junior high school students are beginning to define who they are, and I strive to give students the freedom to express their thoughts and ideas as diverse individuals, while also refining the art of effective listening. Great educators provide opportunities for students to become equally versed as innovative collaborators and independent problem solvers; therefore, I deliver challenging curriculum through a variety of rich, rigorous activities that spark genuine enthusiasm for learning. When students exit my class, I hope they are a little bit kinder, more confident in who they are, better prepared to embrace life’s challenges, and excited about future academic endeavors.

    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  -- Maya Angelou