About Mrs. Bates name is Tressa Bates. I will be working with your students this year. I was born and raised in Michigan, but have called Wisconsin "home" for 21 years now. I have a husband, 4 children of my own, and a crazy rescue dog. My original degree is in Business, but chose to stay home for 16 years with my children. I then decided to return to school to earn my teacher certification at Alverno, and will complete my masters degree from there as well this coming summer. I will ask your students lots of WHY questions. I want them to be thinkers, not just information holders.