Faculty & Staff Directory

School
Department
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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Carson Nicodemus
Gateway High School
Math and P.E. Teacher
Biography

Carson teaches Algebra 1 and PE at Gateway High School. Carson, or Miss Caroline as her students call her, is coming to Gateway fresh out of the Masters and Credentialing program at the University of California- Santa Cruz. Carson received her undergraduate degree in Education from California Lutheran University, where she played volleyball and threw javelin and hammer for the track and field team. Carson, who grew up in Colorado, loves teaching math, biology, geosciences, and physical education equally. When Carson is not in the classroom she loves to play beach volleyball, workout, cook tasty dishes, and go on hikes, where she asks to pet every dog she passes. 

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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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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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