BIO Barbara Gates

Barbara Gates

I began working with students with disabilities in the sixth grade when my teachers asked me to help two students who were hearing impaired. I knew then that I enjoyed teaching others. When my children began their educations, I volunteered at their schools, worked as an aid, and became involved in the PTA. I continued to volunteer after my husband and I moved our family to Colorado. I was hired to be a paraprofessional at Elizabeth Middle School in 1993. In 1999, I was awarded with Colorado Paraprofessional of the Year. After working as a para for 14 years, I was given the opportunity to go to college to become a Special Education teacher. I attended four years at Metropolitan State College of Denver (now University) majoring in Special Education while working full time as a para. During my third year, I accepted the position of teacher for students with significant needs at EMS. I worked for three years at this position and graduated with honors. In 2012, I was given the opportunity to be a teacher at Legacy Academy, where I enjoy teaching unique students with special needs.  

Favorite Quote:  "There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say, Watch me!" - Unknown

Activities & Hobbies:  I enjoy reading, camping, fishing, exploring and gardening.
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