Faculty & Staff Directory

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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Kirsty Gipson
Gateway Middle School
Humanities & Learning Seminar Teacher / Instructional Coach
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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Sam Grady (they/them)
Gateway High School
School Counseling Intern
Biography

Sam Grady is a school counseling intern at Gateway High School. They graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies and are a current graduate student at the University of San Francisco pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling and professional clinical counseling. Outside of school and work, they enjoy cooking, reading, catching some sun at the beach, hanging out in San Francisco's beautiful parks, and (before the pandemic) traveling to and exploring new cities. They’re excited to bring their passion for justice, healing, and liberation to Gateway!

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Diego Gutierrez (he/him/his)
Gateway High School
Environmental Science & Computer Science Teacher
Biography

Diego is originally from Los Angeles County. He is excited to teach science at Gateway after his experience being a student teacher at Gateway for the 2020-2021 academic year. He just finished his MAT degree at the University of San Francisco in May and is excited to begin his first full-time teaching position. Diego loves sharing his excitement and awe of scientific phenomena with students and making connections between the classroom and everyday life. He also enjoys skateboarding, playing musical instruments, and playing video games.

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Erin Hartfield
Gateway High School
Academic Interventionist
Biography

Erin joins Gateway after 8 years as a special education teacher at Aptos Middle School. She attended graduate school at the University of San Francisco. During her free time Erin enjoys working out, reading and eating good food. Erin is dedicated to seeing all students succeed, specifically students of color. 

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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/ GPS Impact Coordinator
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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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
Assistant Principal
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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Kenonte Howard
Gateway High School
SSO Coordinator
Biography

Kenonte joins Gateway after a three-year stint as the Student Support Specialist at his former elementary school, Cambridge. He is a graduate from Sacramento State where he also played football after transferring from New Mexico State. Once he graduated college he worked a multitude of jobs before finally chasing his dream which was to work with children of different ages. For the past five years he has been able to coach football and basketball at Vanden High, where he also graduated from. He is very enthusiastic when it comes to mentoring youth and enjoys the challenge of a new situation and environment to work within the city of San Francisco.

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Lawrenzo Howell (he/him/his)
Gateway High School
Humanities 9 Teacher
Biography

Originally from Chicago, Mr. Howell is ecstatic to be a part of the Gateway family. As a Humanities 9 teacher, Mr. Howell seeks to elevate the voices, perspectives, and histories of his students and their communities to create a classroom that is inclusive, safe, and welcoming. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Howell enjoys reading, watching Reality TV, baking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. 

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