Staff Member Spotlight - Doug Coates


Steadfast substitute teacher Doug Coates was hired full-time this year at Columbia Virtual Academy-Valley. Doug began to substitute for CVA upon moving to Valley in 2012 after finishing a teaching contract in Arabia. He and his wife, Kathy, were located two hours outside of Abu Dhabi in a desert town called Medinate Zeyed. “I got to know many interesting people and a few camels and two very lost dogs over my two years in Arabia. I brought the two lost dogs home with me, but camels don’t travel well!” chortles Doug. Doug enjoys traveling, playing his guitar and riding his bicycle. “This is my dream job,” says Doug, “Every day I walk through the doors of the CVA building and I feel like I’m entering the super-bowl of jobs!”

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