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Laura Bates

Media Resource Specialist
Reuben Johnson Elementary
My name is Laura Bates, and I am the Media Resource Specialist at Reuben Johnson Elementary. I grew up in Fort Worth and Arlington. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Stephen F. Austin State University and later earned a Learning Resources Endorsement from University of North Texas. I began my career in education as a first grade teacher in Arlington Independent School District. My family moved to McKinney in 1999, and I joined the McKinney ISD family in December of 1999 after being a parent at Reuben Johnson Elementary. I worked with second graders at Reuben Johnson Elementary for three years. My interest in literature and technology led me to my current position of Media Resource Specialist where I impact instruction by working with students in early literacy, supporting teacher team planning, and integrating technology with students and staff.