Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama-1984 Certification in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Alabama - 1998
Mrs. Kim Gates
Hi! My name is Kim Gates. I am a kindergarten teacher here at Rockwell Elementary! This is my 18th year as a kindergarten teacher and I love it! It has so many rewards! It is hard work, but so worth it! I love to watch their academic and social growth! Kindergartners are amazing!!!!
I graduated from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Elementary Education. I started my teaching career in Prichard, AL as a 1st grade teacher and taught there for 4 years. We moved to FL and I taught there for 4 years as a 2nd grade teacher. When we moved back to AL I volunteered in my youngest son’s kindergarten class and fell in love with it. I went back to school and got certified to teach Early Childhood and was fortunate and blessed to be offered a job to teach here at Rockwell.
I have been married for 32 years to my husband Jim. We have two great sons. Matt is 29. He graduated from Pensacola State College with a degree in photography. He is very artistic and great at his profession. Matt is currenting working in video production at City Hope Church. Matt also married the love of his life, Kirby, November 2012. So I finally have a daughter!!!!! Kirby is an assistant manager at Objects and does monogramming! My youngest son is Nick and he is 25. He is working at Gulf Coast Rentals. Nick enjoys fishing, boating, hunting, and anything outdoors! I also have 3 dogs. Elle is a 9 year old Yorkie/Brussels Griffon mix. She weighs only 7 pounds. She is the princess of the family. We have a chocolate lab named Charlie that my husband and youngest son found at the hunting camp. He is a BIG baby and he loves his daddy, Jim. My son Nick's dog is Nova. She is a black lab. I also have 1 cat that I love and his name is Gray! He stays outside because of the dogs!
I spend a good bit of my weekend at City Hope Church worshipping and volunteering! I love to watch college football. I am a BIG AUBURN fan! WAR EAGLE!!!!! I still support them even if they have a bad year! I love to read Christian romance novels, watch HGTV, the Hallmark Channel, bridal shows and find new ways to help a child learn to read and be successful. I would have to say one of my favorite things to do is shop!!!!! I enjoy going in Objects Gift Shop and having a cup of coffee, looking around and talking to the girls that work there. I LOVE going to Disney!!!!! It is my happy place! I walk in and feel like I am a 6 year old little girl! It makes me so happy to have my picture made with the characters at Disney! I have started a Pandora Disney bracelet! When we do go to Disney I love for my children to go with me! I love experiencing Disney with them!!!!!! What I truly enjoy doing most of all, is spending time with my family. My husband and I go to dinner with my parents several nights a week! Matt, Kirby and Nick often join us when they aren't busy.
I am looking forward to a great school year! I am excited to have the opportunity to teach your child this year! It is truly a blessing to be a teacher and to work at Rockwell! Rockwell is a great place to be! GO TOROS!