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 2020-21 school year! With the Novel Corona Vidrus (Covid-19) this year will be challenging, but my promise to you is that you will learn everything you need to ensure success in Western Geography. Throughout this summer, I have been taking classes and watching on-line tutorials on how to use the technology we have available at LCMS. There will be times when students will be the experts on technology, so please know that I am open to help from all. We are in uncharted territory, but that doesn't mean that we can't get to know one another and have a very successful year!

This is my fifth year at LCMS and the beginning of my 20th year of teaching middle school Social Studies and Language Arts. I graduated with a BA in Education from Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I also hold 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 four 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, doing yoga, reading, and going for walks with our two labradors. 

Please feel free to email me with questions or concerns regarding my class. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

Warmest Regards,

Laura Bates

Please Note: There are two Laura Bates in the West Ada School District! My email must include a K after my first name, as seen above.