Educators in Residence (EIRs)

Educators in Residence help the College of Education more seamlessly to connect teacher preparation with our K-12 school partners. They will work closely with mentor teachers, university supervisors, and student interns throughout the year.

Lisa Gates 

A retired English teacher with 34 years of high school teaching experience in Spotsylvania County, Gates has hosted UMW practicum students and mentored student teaching interns since 1995. Gates is delighted to work with the College of Education to continue to develop and support new teachers as they begin their professional careers.


Sandra Kelish 

A retired elementary school teacher, Kelish worked closely with the College of Education in the past by hosting student teachers and practicum students. Kelish’s focus is to connect our COE core principles with her experiences in the classroom and her expertise as a teacher and mentor at the local, state, and national levels.