Kalamazoo County Commissioner – District 7
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: (269)205-3785
- Website: www.batesforkzoocounty.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KzooCounty7th/
- Mailing address: PO Box 5 Climax, MI 49034
Growing up I lived in a household with parents who are both educators. Because of their work, I had many opportunities to travel around the world and experience a number of different cultures. Through those experiences, I came to understand the importance of community, and how people work together to overcome difficult situations. My parents’ work also rubbed off on me, and education has become one of my passions. Since moving to Michigan permanently in 1999 I attended Western Michigan University where I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees. From there I worked a number of jobs till I was given an opportunity to teach in Dallas, Texas. I spent two and a half years there and realized that my life was back in Michigan. After moving back, I was able to obtain two certificates in teaching and continue to work in the field today.