Faculty & Staff Directory

Ken Angelo
Gateway Middle School
Mental Health Counselor
Biography

Ken Angelo is thrilled to be the School Counselor at Gateway Middle School. After working as a crisis counselor for over 10 years at schools throughout the East Bay, Ken is looking forward to getting to know the students and families that make up the Gateway community. Ken spent eight years as a private practice marriage and family therapist before earning his school counseling credential at St. Mary’s college in 2012. Outside of school, he enjoys working in his garden, cooking with the vegetables he grows, listening to music, and rooting for the Oakland Athletics.

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Therese Arsenault
Gateway Middle School
Math and Science Teacher
Biography

Mrs. Arsenault is a founding teacher at Gateway Middle School.  She currently works as a 6th grade Math and Science teacher and Instructional Leader at Gateway Middle School.  She is an active member of the Student Agency Task Force and an advisor for the Annual GMS’s Student Talent Show. She graduated from Simmons College with a degree in nursing and from Elmira College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education with masters' degrees in education.  Therese is currently enrolled in the Reach Instructional Leadership Academy and a member of the Exploratorium’s Teacher Leader Institute where she works as a mentor teacher to San Francisco science teachers.  When not working, Mrs. Arsenault enjoys traveling, spending time with her two sons, and reading.  Originally from the east coast, she currently lives with her husband, David, in San Francisco.

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Angelica Cadden
Gateway Middle School
Spanish Teacher
Biography

Angelica was born and raised in Mexico. There she received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Angelica was an Elementary School Teacher in her home country before moving to the United States in 2011. Upon arriving in the United States, she moved to Connecticut where she was an ESL tutor, helping non-native speaking students to become more fluent with the English language. In 2013, she moved to San Francisco, where she decided she wanted to become a Spanish Teacher and has been doing so since.

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Kia Clark
Gateway Middle School
Literacy Specialist
Biography

Kia is a native of the Bay Area.  She graduated from Loyola Marymount University where she earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with minors in African-American Studies and Studio Arts, as well as, a Master of Arts in Education. Prior to Gateway she taught 6th grade English in OUSD, and worked in the District of Columbia as a teacher and curriculum writer. In her free time she enjoys attending sporting events and concerts.

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Elizabeth Colen
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Elizabeth joined the Gateway Middle School team as a founding teacher in 2011; though some may say she rejoined the Gateway team as she is proud alumna of Gateway High School. After 5 years of teaching 6th grade both at Gateway Middle and a previous school in Whittier, CA, she transitioned to 8th grade to help get its pilot year off the ground. Elizabeth has a degree in History with an emphasis in United States history, and a Masters of Education from Whittier College. She is currently working on pursuing her National Board Certification in History. While not teaching, you can find her running the trails of Golden Gate Park or the Presidio, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling to a new place.

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Cassandra Dougherty
Gateway Middle School
Director of the Learning Center
Biography

Cassandra is a proud San Francisco native! Cassandra began her teaching career as a New York City Teaching Fellow. After teaching at a school in the Bronx for five years, Cassandra worked as a coach for the Office of Inclusive Education in New York City. Upon returning to her hometown, Cassandra worked as a Content Specialist in the Special Education Department of San Francisco Unified School District. In her free time, she enjoys exploring all of the food, music, and culture San Francisco has to offer.

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Kirsty Gipson
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Kirsty first came to Gateway in 2001, teaching humanities at the high school and after a 3 year return to Britain came back to join the middle school. Prior to Gateway, she taught in public middle schools in Edinburgh, Scotland, across Australia and in London. She earned her bachelor's degree in English Studies at Stirling University, Scotland, her Master of Arts in Women's Studies at The University of York, England and her teaching diploma at Edinburgh University in Scotland. When not working on behalf of her students, Kirsty enjoys exploring California with her husband and two young daughters.

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