Faculty & Staff Directory

Dellanira Alcauter (she/they)
Gateway High School
Spanish Teacher
Biography

Dellanira is super excited to join the Gateway community as a Spanish teacher. They were raised in Austin, TX and Stockton, CA before moving to San Diego for undergrad. They majored in Ethnic Studies and Communication at UC San Diego. They discovered their passion for teaching and education through Ethnic Studies and their work with marginalized communities in the greater San Diego area. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her dog Sage at the beach, writing poetry, cooking, and making art.

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Alyssa Amabile
Gateway High School
Science Teacher
Biography

Alyssa teaches Chemistry and Honors Chemistry at Gateway High School. She studied Biological Anthropology at San Francisco State and received her Masters in Teaching from University of San Francisco. Ms. Amabile loves animals and the outdoors. She enjoys playing volleyball, hiking with her dog, cooking for friends and family, exploring new places, and trying new things. Ms. A loves everything about science and enjoys sharing that passion with others.
 

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James Ball
Gateway High School
Humanities Teacher
Biography

This is James’ first year teaching Humanities at Gateway High. He recently completed a Master’s degree in Education from the University of San Francisco and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. Before entering the teaching profession, James traveled throughout Europe teaching English as a second language and worked in a variety of professional fields, including emergency medical care, construction, and project and account management. On his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, surfing, and hiking. 

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Evan Bass
Gateway High School
Math Teacher
Biography

Evan Bass is excited for the upcoming year at Gateway. He is teaching Algebra and sits on the School Leadership Team, overseeing Advisory and Student Life. Evan received his Bachelors degree at Macalester College in Minnesota in Communication Studies and Education. He is originally from Chicago, IL, but has been in the Bay Area for 14 years. Evan is married and has a daughter who keeps him busy. He loves sports, competition, and music, and stays involved with all of them during his free time. He also DJ’s, does photo booth and videography services as a side business.

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Tommy Becker
Gateway High School
Art Teacher
Biography

Tommy Becker teaches Visual Arts II, Visual Arts 3 Honors and Intro to Video Arts at Gateway High School. He studied interdisciplinary arts as an undergraduate at the San Francisco Art Institute before receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in 2001. Locally, he has participated in the Bay Area Now Show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and as a resident at Headlands Center for the Arts. His video work has been screened both nationally and internationally with recent presentations at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney, Australia and Antimatter Media Arts Festival, Victoria, BC.

 

 

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Justin Berthiaume
Gateway High School
Science Teacher
Biography

Justin Berthiaume teaches Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science, and led the creative team to design and construct the Gateway Garden. He has also taught Biology and Physical Science at Gateway. Prior to teaching, Mr. Berthiaume served for 7 years as a landscape architect and park planner for the National Park Service. He also worked as a professional musician and artist manager in Boston. Mr. Berthiaume completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, and obtained his Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. His passion is everything science, everything music, and everything Earth.

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Mina Bluethenthal (she/hers)
Gateway High School
Student Teacher
Biography

Mina graduated from Gateway High School in 2016 where she was first inspired to pursue a career in Education. After receiving her BA in English Ed from Cal State Long Beach in 2020, she served with Americorp’s City Year in South Central Los Angeles. Mina has returned to San Francisco to pursue her Master’s in Urban Education and Social Justice at USF and began working at Gateway in January of 2022 as a 1:1 ninth-grade para while simultaneously completing her student teaching hours in a ninth-grade Humanities class at Gateway. She is excited to move up to 10th grade with her students and take on a bigger role in her last semester of student teaching so that she can obtain her ELA credential by the end of the semester. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being in nature, and spending time with friends.

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Christopher Budz (he/him)
Gateway High School
Resource Specialist
Biography

Christopher “X” is a resource specialist teacher at Gateway for 9th grade students. He is from Providence, Rhode Island and earned his B.A. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst before moving to San Francisco. He taught English as a Second Language for several years and was previously a resource specialist teacher at Independence High School. He is a California native plants enthusiast and enjoys cycling, swimming and backpacking. He also loves watercolor painting, cooking and baking and is especially fond of dark chocolate. 

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Cal Calamia (he/they)
Gateway High School
9th Grade Seminar/Yearbook and Journalism Teacher
Biography

Cal does lots of things at Gateway– from international travel to health education to happy hours! Formerly a 9th Grade Seminar and Heritage and AP Spanish teacher, they will be transitioning out of the Spanish department and piloting a new class– Yearbook and Journalism. Cal is super excited to continue the Yearbook’s enhancing trajectory, while supporting students in developing practical skills in photography, design, and journalism. Other passions include the pursuit of a Master’s in Writing at the University of San Francisco, the management of a non-profit organization that supports gender-expansive youth, piecing together a second book, and activism for more gender-inclusive spaces in sports and beyond.

 

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Melissa Díaz (she/her/ella)
Gateway High School
Humanities Teacher
Biography

Melissa (Meli) Díaz grew up in San Mateo and teaches 9th grade Humanities at Gateway High School. She double majored in History and International Relations at Stanford University, and spent a lot of time thinking she was going to be a immigrant’s rights lawyer. She fell in love with education after teaching in English in Madrid and New York City. She completed her Master’s in Education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, and spent three years teaching Ethnic Studies and World History in Redwood City. She is excited to join the Gateway community this year! In her free time, Meli loves dancing ballet folklorico, riding her bike through the city, spending time at local bookstores, and hanging out with her cat. 

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