Faculty & Staff Directory

School
Department
David Booth
Gateway High School
Humanities Teacher
Biography

David Booth joined Gateway in 2011 as an English 12 and Humanities 11 teacher. He holds two Master’s degrees, one in English and one in creative writing, from San Francisco State University. Prior to coming to Gateway, he was an instructor in the MFA in writing program at University of San Franciso, where he led workshops and taught literature courses in fiction and creative nonfiction. He has taught English language arts to 7th, 8th, and 11th graders. As a past employee in social and mental health services in San Francisco, he has worked extensively with kids in urban classroom settings.

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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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Shonna Chiles
Gateway High School
Dance Teacher
Biography

Shonna trained in Oklahoma City and has over 17 years of dance training in the areas of tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop.  She has been instructing professionally since 2008 and in 2010 entered the world of professional sports dancing. Her resume includes appearances with two different NBA franchises, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. She has also worked with the NFL Superbowl Committee as a dancer & choreographer for events during Superbowl XXVIII & Superbowl 50. Since moving to California in 2012, she started ConfiDance Fitness and ConfiDance Kids for adult and youth recreational dance education. 

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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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