My name is Ms. Pates. I am happy to be a part of the Thorp Family. This is my 5th year working at this amazing school. Both of my children attended Thorp, one is now at Lane Tech and the other is a Freshman at Michigan State University. I started here as a Substitute Teacher and shortly after teaching I became a SECA. I love coaching volleyball for the 5/6 or 7/8th grade girls volleyball team here at Thorp. I attended Illinois State University and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I have worked with special needs children for 9 years. It has been one of the most rewarding careers for me. In my free time I enjoy riding my bike, doing puzzles and playing volleyball.
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