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.   

Mrs. GatesMs. Gates 5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Gates is joining Coates for her first year of teaching and she could not be more excited to join the 5th grade team! 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 is a big Nationals and Penguins fan but also loves to read classic literature. In her spare time, Ms. Gates spends time weight lifting at the gym, seeing her family, and trying to convince her fiancé they need to get a dog. 

Ms. LinkeMs. Linke 5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Linke joined the 5th grade team here at Coates in 2015. This will be her second year teaching 5th grade with us! Ms. Linke graduated from James Madison University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and went on to pursue her Masters in the Art of Teaching. Ms. Linke loves to spend time with her family and friends - including her dog Zoe! She also loves to run, draw, and cook!

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.