Faculty & Staff Directory

School
Department
Mary Glassanos
Gateway Middle School
Library Coordinator
Biography

Mary is happy to be returning as library coordinator for Gateway Middle School. She earned a B.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute where she also worked in the Institute library. Her resume includes feature film location manager, props maker, creative director, construction worker, and decorative painter. In addition to boy wrangling full time, Mary has spent the past two decades spearheading successful parent driven fundraising initiatives at both independent and public schools. When not consumed by books and literacy she enjoys family and friends, live performance, watching films, and making a variety of things, few of which turn out exactly as planned.

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Paul Heasman
Gateway High School
Humanities and AP US History Teacher
Biography

Mr. Heasman teaches AP US History and 10th grade Humanities. He came to Gateway in the Spring of 2013 to teach 9th grade, and previously taught at public schools in Berkeley and Pacifica. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology & Communications Studies from London Guildhall University, and an M.A. in World History and a teaching credential from SF State. Mr. Heasman grew up in England but has been a resident of the City since 1997. He is a lifelong sufferer of Arsenal FC's tendency to always pass and never shoot, but in recent years his son has taught him the joys of suffering the Giants as well.

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Aimee Heckman
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Aimee is originally from Chicago, IL. She moved to the east coast to attend the University of Connecticut. It was through UConn's Neag School of Education that Aimee obtained a dual bachelor's degree in History and Education and her Master of Arts in Secondary Social Studies Education. Prior to teaching at Gateway, Aimee taught at both public and magnet schools in Hartford, CT. Beyond teaching, Aimee loves to play tennis, attend concerts, and travel.

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Suzanne Herko
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Suzanne first came to Gateway in 1999, teaching humanities at the high school and most recently helping to design and start the middle school. Prior to Gateway, she taught at the Liceo Internacional in Quito, Ecuador as well as public middle schools in New York City, New York. She earned her bachelor's degree in history, concentrating in women's history, at Stanford University and her Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. When not working on behalf of her students, Suzanne enjoys exploring the world with her husband and two children.

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Nancy Hernandez
Gateway Middle School
YMCA/GMS Site Coordinator/Teen Program Specialist
Chris Hero
Gateway Public Schools
Chief Operating Officer
Biography

Chris is the Chief Operations Officer at Gateway Public Schools. He has over 10 years of senior management experience for corporations and non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Previously Chris served as Chief Operating Officer for Stanford Schools Corporation. Chris received a BA in History from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management. When not working, Chris travels as much as possible, preferably to places on paths less traveled. Having played for his college team, Chris is also an avid tennis player.

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Lucy Hilarides
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Lucy joined the Gateway community as an eighth grade Humanities and Learning Seminar teacher in 2013. Before coming to Gateway, she taught eighth grade in Chicago and English in South Korea. She has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina (Go Tarheels!) and a MA in Teaching from the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program. In her free time you might find her cooking up some tasty food, going to a concert, or riding her bike around town.

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Albert Hill
Gateway High School
Math Teacher
Biography

Growing up in Baltimore, Albert wanted to be a scientist from a young age. After graduating from the Baltimore City Public School system, minus a few years in South Africa, he went on to major in Math and Music at Wesleyan University.  After college he moved to Oakland where, over the past 11 years, he has taught and tutored math, physics, yoga, and fire performance, consumed many cups of tea, and read a lot of good books. He likes understanding systems, plausibly imagined hypotheticals, and the unexpected.

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