Faculty & Staff Directory

Kevin McCoy
Gateway Public Schools
Director of Technology
Biography

Kevin joined Gateway as the Director of Technology in 2002. His university studies included flight school, environmental sciences and anthropology. A road trip followed graduation, to explore our national parks. Along the way, a stop in San Francisco ended up becoming home, where Kevin was employed by Ziff Davis Media as a Project Leader (for PC Computing and Smart Business magazines). He designed and conducted usability and performance tests to evaluate products ranging from computers and cell phones, to software solutions and web services. The results of these lab tests were provided for publication, or for client companies. After the Dot-Com Bust, he entered the Edtech field as a technology teacher for Aim High's youth program, and was employed by Burke's School as a multimedia teacher and support specialist. At Gateway, Kevin manages the organization's technology systems with his team. As much as possible, he enjoys exploring new international destinations, skiing and fixing broken stuff.

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Krystle Morales
Gateway High School
Dance Teacher
Biography

Krystle Morales teaches Dance at Gateway High School. Krystle has over 15 years of experience as a Professional Hip Hop Dancer, Actor, Dance Fitness Education Specialist and Dance teacher. Miss Krystle has been working with various non profit programs for the past 4 years in the Bay Area, that focus on empowering at risk youth in elementary, middle and high schools.  She is excited to teach the students of Gateway how to find their voice, build confidence in movement, and explore their inner Artist. 

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Sharon Olken
Gateway Public Schools
Executive Director
Biography

Sharon is the Executive Director of Gateway Public Schools. In 2000, Sharon joined Gateway’s faculty as a Humanities Teacher. Since then, Sharon has been a Lead Teacher, Dean of Faculty, and served as the Principal of Gateway High School for seven years. During her tenure as Principal, Gateway was recognized as a California Distinguished School and as a top-performing charter high school by the US Department of Education. In 2011, Sharon helped launch Gateway’s second school, Gateway Middle School. Sharon is inspired by the potential of young people and by Gateway’s amazing teachers and staff who help students get on the road to college. Sharon earned her B.A. from Harvard University, where she was captain of the varsity soccer team, and earned her M.A. in Education from Stanford University. Sharon taught a course in the Stanford Teacher Education Program called “Educating for Equity and Democracy,” and worked for Senator Feinstein for two years before beginning her career in education. Sharon is proud of her Bay Area roots, her San Francisco Giants, and her very well behaved dog, Cody Ross.

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Molly Orner
Gateway High School
Humanities Teacher
Biography

Molly Orner joined the Humanities department at Gateway High School in the fall of 2007. An East Coast transplant, Molly moved to California following graduation from Oberlin College. As a Teach for America (TFA) corps member she taught at a continuation high school in San Jose for two years. After completing her TFA assignment she took a break from teaching to work in non-profit development. During this time she realized that she profoundly missed teaching and left the development world to earn a credential and M.Ed from Stanford University. Molly is a parent of two SFUSD elementary school students. She identifies her happy place as one with books or nature, preferably a combination of the two.

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Mary Plant-Thomas
Gateway High School
Science Teacher
Biography

Mary Plant-Thomas is excited to begin her third year as part of Gateway High School's Science Department, teaching Biology 10 and AP Biology. Mary earned her undergraduate degree from an unconventional combination of Wellesley College and UC San Diego. She then went on to get her Masters in Education from UC Santa Barbara's Teacher Education Program where she was a Noyce Scholar. While at UCSB, Mary was able to participate in an international exchange that enabled her to observe another education system by student-teaching in Denmark! In addition to loving teaching and science (especially biology), Mary has a passion for theatre and can frequently be found rushing off to see plays all around the Bay Area.

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Elena Ramirez (she/her/hers)
Gateway High School
Spanish Teacher
Biography

Elena is very excited to transition into a different role at Gateway, and continue supporting Anime Club. She came to San Francisco to pursue a Master’s in Human Rights Education following her Bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies from OSU, and worked a few jobs in SF before coming to Gateway in 2019. Elena loves being involved with La Peña cultural center in Berkeley and supporting social justice causes when and however she can. Outside of school, she enjoys watching other people’s dogs at Duboce, baking (and eating) desserts, making art, and playing video games on her GameCube.

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Joel Rangel
Gateway High School
Director of College Counseling
Biography

Joel Rangel is the Director of College Counseling here at Gateway High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish from UC Berkeley and earned his master's from Stanford University School of Education. Joel began his career in education his freshman year in college and has dedicated much of that time helping students pursue higher education opportunities. When he is not helping students weigh their post-secondary options and apply to college, Joel enjoys reading, cycling through the East Bay hills, and spending time with his wife.

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Katy Reese (she/her/hers)
Gateway High School
Reading Specialist
Biography

Katy is excited to be rejoining the Gateway community as a Reading Specialist, where she last taught 11th grade Humanities and AP Literature in 2018-19. Prior to Gateway, Katy taught English and Humanities at schools in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Palo Alto, and worked as a director of Breakthrough San Francisco, a program supporting SFUSD students on their path to college. Katy received her B.A. from the University of Virginia with majors in English and Spanish, and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Outside of school, Katy is a parent of three kids under the age of five, with whom she enjoys reading, riding bikes, building forts, and perfecting boxed mac and cheese. 

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Janalé Rhodes
Gateway Middle School
6th Grade Humanities & Learning Seminar Teacher