5th Grade Bios

Mrs. DoraiswamyMrs. Doraiswamy 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Lalitha Doraiswamy is new to Coates this year! Prior to this, she was an AAP teacher at McNair for many years. Mrs. Doraiswamy bring s a rich multi-cultural experience as she has taught all over the world in different continents.  She loves to travel and is always making plans to go somewhere… Her love for elephants and dogs are obvious when you visit her classroom! Mrs. Doraiswamy has a daughter who works for the State Department in Washington DC  and a son who is really a rocket scientist. No kidding!  She has twin grandsons who started kindergarten this year.   

Ms. LinkeMs. Linke 5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Linke joined the 5th grade team at Coates in 2015. This will be her fourth year teaching 5th grade with us! Ms. Linke graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and then went on to pursue her Masters in the Art of Teaching. Ms. Linke loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves arts and crafts, including drawing, painting, scrapbooking, and decorating!

Mr. NewsomeMr. Newsome 5th Grade Teacher

Mr. Newsome joined the Coates team in 2013.This was the start of his teaching career after graduating from college a few months before. He is now beginning his fourth year at Coates, all in 5th grade. Mr. Newsome graduated from Bloomsburg University with his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and a minor in Special Education. He has just started his Master's Degree program in Administration/Education Specialist in a cohort with FCPS and Virginia Tech. He can often be seen at Gold's Gym working out or at some basketball gym throughout the county coaching his Herndon travel team. Mr. Newsome loves all sports, is an avid Philadelphia Eagles football fan and enjoys reading all different types of literature when there is any down time, usually before bed.

Mrs. GatesMs. White 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. White joined Coates as a 5th grade teacher in 2017. Originally from Fredericksburg, she attended the University of Mary Washington where she earned both her Bachelors of English and Masters of Science in Elementary Education. She loves traveling to see her family, fitting in working out at the gym, and spending time with her husband.