Faculty & Staff Directory
Lauren Buckley teaches Spanish AP Language and Heritage Speaker B. She is also the testing coordinator here at Gateway High School. She is from Baltimore, Maryland, and studied Linguistics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. This is her 10th year teaching Spanish at the high school level. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children, a 14-year-old and a 2 year-old. Her hobbies include traveling, playing volleyball, playing board games, spending time with her family, and exploring new places in and around San Francisco.
Cal Calamia teaches Heritage Spanish B and 9th Grade Seminar at Gateway. Calamia graduated from Saint Louis University with degrees in Spanish, Psychology, and International Studies. They completed credentialing at Loyola Marymount University and now attend University of San Francisco in pursuit of an MFA degree in Writing. Calamia has worked in elementary, middle, and high schools and is excited to bring innovative, student-centered ideas to the Gateway community. In their free time, they enjoy writing and performing poetry, running marathons, discovering new music, and searching for the best burrito in the city.
Susan will join the Special Education team, supporting the 12th grade cohort. Susan has a rich breadth of experience in varied educational settings. Her studies include UCLA’s Motion Picture and Television School and San Francisco State University’s Department of Special Education. Currently, Susan is working towards a certification in teaching reading to students with dyslexia. Her son attends the New School in New York (in his junior year) and she lives in the East Bay near her extended family. Susan loves movies, spending time with family and friends, and practicing Qi Gong and swimming.
Kia is a native of the Bay Area. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with minors in African-American Studies and Studio Arts, as well as, a Master of Arts in Education. Prior to Gateway she taught 6th grade English in OUSD, and worked in the District of Columbia as a teacher and curriculum writer. In her free time she enjoys attending sporting events and concerts.
Elizabeth joined the Gateway Middle School team as a founding teacher in 2011; though some may say she rejoined the Gateway team as she is proud alumna of Gateway High School. After 5 years of teaching 6th grade both at Gateway Middle and a previous school in Whittier, CA, she transitioned to 8th grade to help get its pilot year off the ground. Elizabeth has a degree in History with an emphasis in United States history, and a Masters of Education from Whittier College. She is currently working on pursuing her National Board Certification in History. While not teaching, you can find her running the trails of Golden Gate Park or the Presidio, practicing yoga,
Laura Deanovic joined the math department faculty at Gateway twelve years ago. She has been an educator for twenty five years and previously taught music and/or math at South San Francisco High School, Campolindo High School, St. Catherine Indian School, and Santa Fe Community College. She was also a high school administrator at Desert Academy in Santa Fe, NM for six years. Laura has a bachelor's degree in music and teaching credentials in mathematics and music from San Francisco State University and holds a master's degree in education from the College of Santa Fe. In addition to teaching, Laura is a professional boxer, a boxing trainer, and a percussionist/drummer.