1st Grade

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Molly Buckley, 1st grade Teacher

My name is Molly Buckley and this will be my second year teaching at the Bates School. I’m very excited to be back!  I am now in my 11th year teaching, and I love being a part of the first grade team here. Watching the transformation of first graders from September to June is both exciting and rewarding. I’m proud to be part of Boston Public Schools and the Bates community!

I live in Hyde Park with my fiance and our dog, Beefcake.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, swimming, running, hiking, camping, and spending time with my family.

Molly Buckley, 1st grade Teacher | mbuckley3@bostonpublicschools.org


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Deb Ras, 1st Grade Teacher

My name is Mrs. Ras. I was born and raised in Boston. I have been teaching at the Phineas Bates Elementary School for over eighteen years. Oh my time flies when you are having so much fun! Teaching is my passion. Helping students navigate through the first years of their learning journey and following their education careers brings me great pleasure and satisfaction. I cannot imagine myself in any other career.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a daughter named Xena. She recently graduated from high school and is now away at college. I also have two dogs named Roxy and Angel that keep me busy. Every day after school they take me on a hike in the woods. I just love being out in nature and breathing the fresh air. My hobbies are reading, hiking, swimming, and gardening.

I am looking forward to a great year.

Deb Ras, 1st grade Teacher | dras@bostonpublicschools.org


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Bryde King, Grade 1 Inclusion Specialist

My name is Bryde King, and I am a proud member of the first grade team at Bates Elementary School.  I began my teaching career in 1999, and have been a member of the Bates Family since 2004.  In my current role of Inclusion Specialist, I collaborate with our two amazing first grade teachers; spending part of each day co-teaching in both classrooms.  Every day I witness tiny miracles- I am so blessed to be part of the education of your child.  Most days are spent thinking about how much gains a child has made, or how to make it a better day for a particular student. We truly work together to figure out how to improve our practice, and likewise improve the experience of all children.  Creating a nurturing atmosphere that allows students to feel safe and accepted is one of my top priorities.  I live in Quincy with my husband and two daughters.  When I am not teaching I spend my time on DIY projects or having fun with my family.

Bryde King, Grade 1 Inclusion Specialist | bking2@bostonpublicschools.org