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Laura Gates

Hello!!! I am Laura Gates and I have been teaching 30+ years in Lexington School District One.  I LOVE  what I do at Midway Elementary.  When your child walks into my gym they are ready to learn about being  physically fit throughout their life and new sport skills(pickleball) to give them activities to participate in that are lifelong.  I have 2 children, Mitchell and Caroline, who I have watched grow into awesome adults.  My husband Al retired from being a principal and has recently taken a job at the VA.  I also have 3 dogs who keep me moving, Petey, Cosmo and Stella Jane. 
I look forward to having a fun, exciting and physically active year with your children.

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Dwayne Jones

Hey there, Mustangs!
I am thrilled to partner with the Midway family this year as a Physical Education specialist! Looking forward to building relationships with our students and sharing my passion for personal fitness and physical activity! In addition to my role at MES, I also serve as the varsity running backs coach for the Lexington HS football team.
A native of Columbia, SC, I am entering my 38th year as an elementary educator and high school coach — the bulk of which was spent in Richland District Two.
I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in PE from the University of South Carolina and completed National Board certification in 2008. My wife (Star Graham) is a dance educator and head coach of the varsity dance team at Lexington HS.
We have two daughters in college — Darby (Clemson) and Sydney (USC). Our son Slade is a junior at Lexington HS.
My hobbies include strength training, Spartan Races, acoustic guitar, and all things outdoors! Let’s get moving!