I am Martha Taylor Bates. I am married to Charles Bates and we live on our family horse and cattle farm on the outskirts of Aiken. We have three grown children and a new daughter-in-law. I have taught for the past 28 years of which 24 were in kindergarten at Byrd Elementary in Graniteville. I enjoy teaching young children and helping them discover a love for learning. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy working on the farm, riding our horses, yardwork and most any outdoor activity.