Mary Plant-Thomas is excited to begin her third year as part of Gateway High School's Science Department, teaching Biology 10 and AP Biology. Mary earned her undergraduate degree from an unconventional combination of Wellesley College and UC San Diego. She then went on to get her Masters in Education from UC Santa Barbara's Teacher Education Program where she was a Noyce Scholar. While at UCSB, Mary was able to participate in an international exchange that enabled her to observe another education system by student-teaching in Denmark! In addition to loving teaching and science (especially biology), Mary has a passion for theatre and can frequently be found rushing off to see plays all around the Bay Area.
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.
Katy is thrilled to join the Gateway Humanities department this year. Before teaching at Gateway, Katy taught high school English in the East Bay and integrated humanities at a girls' middle school in Palo Alto. She then worked as a director at Breakthrough San Francisco, an after-school and summer program supporting SFUSD students on their path to college. After a few years away from the classroom, Katy is looking forward to being a part of the Gateway community. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia with majors in English and Spanish, and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Outside of school, Katy is a hiker, yoga enthusiast, baker, reader, and mom of twins.
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.
Allyson Schoolcraft is the Assistant Principal of Gateway Middle School. Prior to joining Gateway, Allyson taught sixth through eighth graders in the East Bay and Los Angeles. Allyson has a BFA from USC and an MA in Education from UCLA. She also recently completed her MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute. Outside of school, Allyson enjoys reading, sewing, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
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!