Kelly Bates, Director District D

photo of Kelly Bates

Kelly Bates

Director, District D

Kelly Bates, who began her first term as a CCSD board member in the fall of 2017, brings a great deal of experience volunteering and serving in the district.

Bates has served in leadership and volunteer roles at Creekside Elementary, Liberty Middle School and Cherokee Trail High School for more than a decade, serving as PTCO President and Vice President and chairing a wide variety of events and fundraisers.

Bates earned the Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer Award in 2012 and 2014, garnering recognition for her consummate work for students, teachers and the wider community. At the district level, Bates has been active in CCSD's bond and budget campaigns, as well as consistent participant in events and organizations ranging from Leadership Cherry Creek to the Parent Information Network and the Special Education Advisory Council. Bates boasts a background in education, having served as a childcare director and preschool teacher at facilities in Michigan and Ohio.

“I’ve always been passionate about education,” said Bates. “As a board member, I continue to be amazed at the incredible things happening in public education and here at Cherry Creek. Our Core Values are helping to ensure that each and every student has the freedom and opportunity to learn and engage as they pursue a fulfilling future.”