Ms. Cates was born in Wisconsin and raised in Canada. She is a long time resident of the Upper West Side. She joined the Sacred Heart of Jesus School community in 2015. Prior to joining the Sacred Heart of Jesus School community, she provided Title 1 services throughout Manhattan. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and Theatre from University of Manitoba and earned her Masters of Arts in Galley Studies from CUNY at FIT. Outside the classroom, Ms. Cates likes to attend the theatre, participate in book groups and dinner with friends.