Faculty & Staff Directory

School
Department
Lauren Buckley
Gateway High School
Spanish Teacher
Biography

Lauren Buckley teaches Spanish AP Language and Heritage Speaker B. She is also the testing coordinator here at Gateway High School. She is from Baltimore, Maryland, and studied Linguistics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. This is her 10th year teaching Spanish at the high school level. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children, a 14-year-old and a 2 year-old. Her hobbies include traveling, playing volleyball, playing board games, spending time with her family, and exploring new places in and around 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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Susan Carpendale
Gateway High School
Resource Specialist
Biography

Susan will join the Special Education team, supporting the 12th grade cohort. Susan has a rich breadth of experience in varied educational settings.  Her studies include UCLA’s Motion Picture and Television School and San Francisco State University’s Department of Special Education. Currently, Susan is working towards a certification in teaching reading to students with dyslexia. Her son attends the New School in New York (in his junior year) and she lives in the East Bay near her extended family. Susan loves movies, spending time with family and friends, and practicing Qi Gong and swimming. 
 

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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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Laura Deanovic
Gateway High School
Math Teacher
Biography

Laura Deanovic joined the math department faculty at Gateway twelve years ago. She has been an educator for twenty five years and previously taught music and/or math at South San Francisco High School, Campolindo High School, St. Catherine Indian School, and Santa Fe Community College. She was also a high school administrator at Desert Academy in Santa Fe, NM for six years. Laura has a bachelor's degree in music and teaching credentials in mathematics and music from San Francisco State University and holds a master's degree in education from the College of Santa Fe. In addition to teaching, Laura is a professional boxer, a boxing trainer,  and a percussionist/drummer.

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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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Deidre Durling
Gateway High School
Resource Specialist
Biography

Deidre Durling is joining Gateway this year as a Learning Specialist working with the tenth grade. After growing up and attending college in New Jersey, Deidre decided to explore the country. She has been teaching for ten years in various places including San Diego, Boston, Vermont, and San Francisco. Deidre is married with four year old twins who keep her on her toes. In her "free" time, Deidre likes to be outside with her family hiking, biking, playing sports, and going to see music. She is also super crafty with the sewing machine and loves to crochet as a downtime activity.

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