Ms. Bates

Phone: 208-350-4270


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in Education- Washington State University Masters in Curriculum Development- Seattle University Professional Certification- Seattle University

Ms. Bates

Welcome to Ms. Bates' 8th Grade Geography class!

I am excited to start the 2019-20 school year! This is my fourth year at LCMS and the beginning of my 19th year of teaching middle school Social Studies. I graduated with a BA in Education from Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I also obtained a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Instruction as well as my Professional Certification from Seattle University.

My family and I relocated to Boise from the Seattle area three years ago.  I have been a Washingtonian all of my life, so the move was an exciting change. Luckily, we absolutely love the Boise area and have found the people here to be amazingly kind and welcoming. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, camping, yoga, reading, and going for walks with our two labradors. 

Please feel free to email me with questions or concerns regarding my class. When emailing, please include my middle initial (K) after my first name as there are two Laura Bates in the West Ada School District. I can be reached at

I am looking forward to a wonderful year!


Laura Bates