Faculty & Staff Directory

Kirsty Gipson
Gateway Middle School
Humanities & Learning Seminar Teacher / Instructional Coach
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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Aimee Heckman
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher
Biography

Aimee is originally from Chicago, IL. She moved to the east coast to attend the University of Connecticut. It was through UConn's Neag School of Education that Aimee obtained a dual bachelor's degree in History and Education and her Master of Arts in Secondary Social Studies Education. Prior to teaching at Gateway, Aimee taught at both public and magnet schools in Hartford, CT. Beyond teaching, Aimee loves to play tennis, attend concerts, and travel.

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Suzanne Herko
Gateway Middle School
Humanities and Learning Seminar Teacher/ GPS Impact Coordinator
Biography

Suzanne first came to Gateway in 1999, teaching humanities at the high school and most recently helping to design and start the middle school. Prior to Gateway, she taught at the Liceo Internacional in Quito, Ecuador as well as public middle schools in New York City, New York. She earned her bachelor's degree in history, concentrating in women's history, at Stanford University and her Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. When not working on behalf of her students, Suzanne enjoys exploring the world with her husband and two children.

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Lucy Hilarides
Gateway Middle School
Assistant Principal
Biography

Lucy joined the Gateway community as an eighth grade Humanities and Learning Seminar teacher in 2013. Before coming to Gateway, she taught eighth grade in Chicago and English in South Korea. She has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina (Go Tarheels!) and a MA in Teaching from the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program. In her free time you might find her cooking up some tasty food, going to a concert, or riding her bike around town.

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Gabe Johnson
Gateway Middle School
8th Humanities & Learning Seminar Teacher
Hollie Mack
Gateway Middle School
Principal
Biography

GMS Principal Ms. Mack was born and raised in New York and moved to the Bay Area in 2000. Although she has lived in the region for 19 years, she discovers new things to love about the Bay Area on a daily basis. 

Ms. Mack has worked as an educator for the past 14 years. First as a high school English teacher 9 years, then as an Assistant Principal for the past four years, where students and teachers have taught her the value of having a school community that works together through thick and thin. These professional experiences have helped shaped Ms. Mack into an educator that values social justice and holds a core belief that all students have the potential to be successful.

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Sara Marcopulos
Gateway Middle School
Math and Science Teacher
Biography

Sara was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from Gateway High School in 2011. After graduating from Gateway, she completed her undergraduate work at the University of San Francisco and obtained her bachelors of science in physics with a minor in astronomy. She is hoping to attend a master's program and looks forward to teaching high school physics in the future. During her free time she enjoys reading and trying new foods throughout the San Francisco area.

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