Mrs. Oates is considered to be a “Wampus Cat Lifer." She was educated through Conway School District. She graduated from the Conway High School, and she has worked her entire educational career through Conway Public Schools. She has been a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Designee, School Counselor, and an Interim Assistant Principal. Mrs. Oates holds an Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree. She continued with her education by obtaining a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Oates has worked at both the middle school and Jr. high levels. She earned National Board Certification in School Counseling in 2009.