Faculty & Staff Directory
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.
Tony comes to Gateway after spending last year as the principal of REALM Charter Middle School in Berkeley with more than 25 years as a teacher and instructional coach focused on equity and social-emotional learning.
He attended McClymonds High School in West Oakland and completed college at U.C. Berkeley.
Throughout his educational career, he has placed emphasis on creating transformative culture in schools, providing support to teachers, and strengthening family support. Read his message to the community here.
Ellyn Rosenthal has taught at Gateway for four years. As the 10th grade Learning Specialist, Ellyn teaches Learning Skills 10, co-teaches Humanities 10 and co-teaches Geometry. She received a bachelor's degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of San Francisco. A Bay Area native, Ellyn is an avid San Francisco Giants fan.
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.
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!
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.
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.