Faculty & Staff Directory

Janalé Rhodes
Gateway Middle School
6th Grade Humanities & Learning Seminar Teacher
Mirna Salinas
Gateway High School
Receptionist
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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Charlotte Sivanich
Gateway High School
Math Teacher
Biography

Charlotte has recently relocated to the Bay Area after living and teaching in the Minnesota for the past six years. She’s a 2012 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where she majored in math and had concentrations in statistics, environmental studies, and educational studies. Charlotte is currently working on her National Board Certification of Teaching. In the classroom, Charlotte enjoys sharing her love of math puzzles with students, using the classroom space to move around and be active, and incorporating group roles to empower students to work together. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys running, eating cheese, visiting National Parks, and has just recently learned how to shoot clay pigeons! Charlotte teaches because she enjoys helping students uncover strengths and skills that they never knew they had. She’s looking forward to many learning adventures this school year!
 

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Alix Spivack
Gateway High School
Environment Science Teacher
Biography

Alix Spivack teaches Environmental Science 9 at Gateway High School.  A graduate of Middlebury College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics, Alix completed two credentialing programs at UC Berkeley Extension while undertaking post-graduate studies in the biological sciences at UC San Diego.  Prior to the classroom, Alix served as an environmental consultant for 10 years followed by 7 years working in education including as Executive Director of an environmental education non-profit organization.  Alix is excited to be teaching 9th graders the wonders of the natural world… in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond!  A San Francisco native, she enjoys sweep rowing on a coached team, open ocean kayaking, quality family time, and trail hikes with her dog.

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Jeff Sprague
Gateway High School
Humanities Teacher
Biography

Jeff Sprague teaches Humanities 11 and Civics at Gateway. He earned his BA in American Studies from Yale and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received his MA in Education from Stanford. Jeff has been teaching for eleven years and brings a passion for issues of social justice to his teaching of American literature, history and government. When he is not teaching, Jeff enjoys playing guitar and hanging out with his family.

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Andrea Tacdol
Gateway Public Schools
Director of Enrollment
Biography

Andrea Tacdol started at Gateway Public Schools in August of 2016 as the Director of Enrollment. With a focus in outreach, engagement and leadership development in diverse communities, Andrea has worked at non-profit organizations, government agencies and universities focusing on issues of social justice, environmental justice, public health, and educational equity. Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies from UC Davis and completed her Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Outside of work, Andrea can be found camping, dancing, or enjoying time with her family. She is a mom with two elementary-age kids and understands first-hand the stress of the San Francisco school search!

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Adam Tadesse
Gateway Public Schools
GPS Technology Specialist and Impact Lab Coordinator