- B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State University--2004
- Major: Secondary Social Studies Education
- Minor: Music
- Certification: 5-9 Social Studies; 9-12 Social Studies; 9-12 Speech Communications; 9-12 Secondary Administration
- Masters Degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University--2012
Mrs. Bates began teaching social studies and speech/drama at Bernie High School in August of 2004. Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Bates has sponsored History Day, Model UN, Varsity & JV Quiz Bowl, the school play, history club, the Speech & Debate team, Student Council, and Senior Beta.