Jessica Gates is currently a General Music Teacher for Riverview Gardens. Beginning in 2006, as a Jennings High School senior, she volunteered under the elementary band instructor as a mentor to the students. She witnessed the impact music made on the students and the instructor during the rehearsals and concerts. This lead her to pursue an education and career in teaching music.
Gates graduated from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina May 2013 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education.
Gates has been playing the clarinet for about 20 years in band, ensemble, and solo settings. She has also been educated in various instruments to the intermediate level. She received her Level IV certification in Choral Music Experience.
Recently, Jessica earned a Master of Public Policy Administration and certificate of Nonprofit Management Leadership from University of Missouri-Saint Louis.
Gates plans to use both her music background and knowledge in public policy and nonprofit management to enhance the Gateway Music Outreach. As an administrator and educator, she is honored to be part of the team.