Teacher spotlight: Dominique L. Bates

Published 4:49 pm Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dominique L. Bates teachers computer skills and applications and business education at Knox Middle School.

Years teaching: Three years

Family: Father, Timothy; mothers, Yvette Bates and Audra Howell; sisters, Ashley Howell and Zahria Bickley; brothers, T.J. Bates, Javon Hargrave and Dequan Hargrave; fiancée, Kathryn Etters and nephew, Elijah

Favorite food: Stuffed Bell Peppers

Favorite color: Red

Favorite TV show: “Snapped”

Favorite book: “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren

Favorite movies: “Coming to America,” “Last Vegas,” “Heaven is For Real,” “Remember the Titans” and “He Got Game”

Favorite sport or team: Basketball and the Duke Blue Devils

Hobbies: Coaching, mentoring, working out, spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events, creating lesson plans, listening to music, church, reaching out to the youth

Dream vacation: Anywhere with a clear-water beach

Prized possession: My grandmothers – Annie Bates and Juanita Howell

Actor who would star in the movie of my life: Larenz Tate

Hidden talent: Public speaking

Motto: The Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.”

Three words that describe me: Devoted, adventurous, intelligent

Someone who inspires you: My father, Timothy Bates

Greatest accomplishment: Making all A’s in graduate school and continuing education courses

Favorite quote: “When you want something as bad as you want to breathe, then you will become successful,” by Eric Thomas.