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Mrs. Chelsea Bates

My name is Chelsey Bates and I am so proud to be an Independence Patriot! This year will be my 6th year teaching. My first three years were in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. During that time, I got married and we started our family. We wanted to raise our daughter outside of the hustle and bustle of Charlotte and decided on Rock Hill! We absolutely love it here. I began at Independence in 2019, spent last year teaching virtually for RHS and am back at Independence to be teaching in person this year. Hooray! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring our city. Teaching children is one of my accomplishments that I’m most proud of. I strive every year to create a family within our four walls where we learn, laugh, and grow together.