Faculty & Staff Directory

School
Department
Elizabeth Colen
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

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, reading a good book or traveling to a new place.

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Laura Deanovic
Gateway High School
Math Teacher
Biography

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.

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Cassandra Dougherty
Gateway Middle School
Director of the Learning Center
Biography

Cassandra is a proud San Francisco native! Cassandra began her teaching career as a New York City Teaching Fellow. After teaching at a school in the Bronx for five years, Cassandra worked as a coach for the Office of Inclusive Education in New York City. Upon returning to her hometown, Cassandra worked as a Content Specialist in the Special Education Department of San Francisco Unified School District. In her free time, she enjoys exploring all of the food, music, and culture San Francisco has to offer.

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Deidre Durling
Gateway High School
Resource Specialist
Biography

Deidre Durling is joining Gateway this year as a Learning Specialist working with the tenth grade. After growing up and attending college in New Jersey, Deidre decided to explore the country. She has been teaching for ten years in various places including San Diego, Boston, Vermont, and San Francisco. Deidre is married with four year old twins who keep her on her toes. In her "free" time, Deidre likes to be outside with her family hiking, biking, playing sports, and going to see music. She is also super crafty with the sewing machine and loves to crochet as a downtime activity.

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John Eames
Gateway Public Schools
Director of Facilities
Biography

Originally hailing from Maine, John enjoys the great outdoors, including backpacking, cycling, and camping. Prior to joining Gateway, John worked in facilities and operations at an independent school for children with language-based learning differences. John holds an MFA from San Jose State and is an active local sculptor. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

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Marianne Fives
Gateway Public Schools
Development Manager
Biography

Marianne Fives is the Development Manager at Gateway Public Schools. As Development Manager, Marianne manages the family annual fund and works on raising funds from outside donors, foundations, and corporations to support Gateway's annual budget. Approximately 25% of Gateway's budget comes from fundraising. Marianne started at Gateway just over a year ago in September 2014 just in time for the annual Matters of the Mind Luncheon. Originally from New York, Marianne studied fine arts at Cornell University and non-profit management at American University. Before coming to Gateway, Marianne worked in development for both an environmental nonprofit in San Francisco and a school in Houston, TX.

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Stephen Flynn
Gateway High School
Athletic Director
Biography

Stephen Flynn started at Gateway on January of 2013 and currently serves as Gateway's Athletic Director, PE teacher, Houseball coordinator, co-teacher for the Student Leadership class and as Head Coach of the Baseball team.  He has degrees in Developmental Psychology and English Composition from University of California, Davis and has professional experience in athletic administration, corporate communications, youth development, mentorship and coaching.  Born and raised in Oakland, CA, he enjoys watching, playing and coaching sports at all levels, photography and cooking and eating vegetarian.

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Chad Foskuhl
Gateway Public Schools
Accounting Manager
Biography

Chad, a native Hoosier, has split the past fifteen years living in San Francisco and Honolulu. Chad came to Gateway Public Schools in early 2012 with nearly a decade of non-profit accounting experience. Chad enjoys camping, movies, museums, and especially open-ended travel.

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Sandra Cabrera-Galván
Gateway High School
Spanish Teacher
Biography

Ms. Galván is deeply rooted in her experiences as a mujer latina and 1st generation college graduate. Having been born and raised in San Franciso's Mission District, Ms. Galván is familiar with the ins and outs of the city, has knowledge about the underdog and underesourced communities and uses this to the best of her advantage to meet students where they are and where ever they may come from. Ms. Galván validates all experiences, as students and as members of the many communities her students may be a part of. She is a teacher who, has high expectations of all of her students and is passionate about learning being an ongoing process in life. She hopes to plant seeds in her students, water and nourish them through a rigurous course of Spanish literature and interpersonal interactions.

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Nicole Gelormino
Gateway High School
Art Teacher
Biography

Nicole Rose Gelormino is a Teaching Artist in Visual Art. A practicing artist, she acquired her BA in Arts & Urban Education from Eugene Lang College and Parson's School of Design of the New School, and her MA in Art & Art Education from Teachers College of Columbia University. After several years of serving as an educator and administrator in the arts, she assumed the position as full-time resident Teaching Artist and Arts Department Coordinator at Gateway in 2013. She has worked with a number of public schools, public agencies and non-profit arts providers in San Francisco and New York City as an educator, including SFartsEd and ArtSeed. She has also served as a Program Coordinator for youth in the Cultural Arts Division of San Francisco Recreation and Parks and ASEP (After School Enrichment Program at Harvey Milk Center for the Arts). A native of San Francisco, Gelormino maintains her own painting practice in Visitacion Valley. She is currently working toward tying studio and teaching practices together in a symbiotic relationship that enriches student, family, community and teaching artist experiences. Her hope is to develop a healthier, more inspired, and more sustainable professional model for teaching artists.

Gelormino maintains an online Gallery for her students here and an online portfolio in progress of her own painting here.

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Kirsty Gipson
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Kirsty first came to Gateway in 2001, teaching humanities at the high school and after a 3 year return to Britain came back to join the middle school. Prior to Gateway, she taught in public middle schools in Edinburgh, Scotland, across Australia and in London. She earned her bachelor's degree in English Studies at Stirling University, Scotland, her Master of Arts in Women's Studies at The University of York, England and her teaching diploma at Edinburgh University in Scotland. When not working on behalf of her students, Kirsty enjoys exploring California with her husband and two young daughters.

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