Faculty & Staff Directory

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
Substitute and Support Teacher/Temporary Spanish Teacher
Biography

Elena 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 where, in addition to teaching, she is also the faculty advisor for the Anime Club. 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
Mirna Salinas
Gateway High School
Main Office Manager
Biography

Mirna Salinas was born and raised in El Salvador. She earned her bachelors degree in Business Administration and Accounting.  She is a proud mom of two boys, one Gateway High School Alumni and the other a current junior at Gateway High School. Mirna really enjoys working with families and students, especially helping the Latino community. She love music and spending time with her family and dog, Otis. She is also a big Giants fan.

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