Aaron Watson is our Director of Partnerships. Aaron formerly served as GMS' principal and is proud to have worked with teachers, families, and students to found Gateway Middle School in 2011. Prior to becoming principal, Aaron led the advisory program and taught humanities at Gateway High School for seven years and worked in a wraparound social services program for children and families involved in foster care in Alameda County. He earned a BA from Brown University and an MA in Education from UC Berkeley. Aaron also earned an MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute. Outside of Gateway, Aaron enjoys getting outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family.
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Rebecca works to develop a cohesive, equity-oriented approach to teaching and learning through her role as Co-Principal. Before coming to Gateway, Rebecca taught humanities at Oakland Technical High School and earned her M.Ed. from UC Berkeley's Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) Program. She received her BA from Brown University, majoring in American Studies and Latin American Studies. Outside the classroom, Rebecca can be found exploring San Francisco's wild places with her husband and two young children.
Tim Woolgar teaches Physics and is a member of the leadership team working on Student Life. He was born and raised in England but moved to San Francisco after traveling around the world. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering at Salford University in Manchester and flew with the Royal Air Force before working in the computer industry. Tim started teaching at Gateway in 2004 as a long-term substitute and then taught Chemistry and Physics at Lowell High School before choosing to come back home to Gateway in 2006. He has a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University.
Jeffrey was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended USF where he majored in mathematics and graduated from the teacher preparation program. Jeffrey joined Gateway in 2018 and has taught 6th grade math and science since 2016. He finds joy in kids’ wholesome silliness and appreciates that there is never a boring day at work. Jeffrey enjoys spending time at the piano and is often down to play card and board games with others.
Anastasia Zamkinos has called a lot of places home: Connecticut, New York, Arizona, Whitman College, Oregon, Stanford University, and, of course, Gateway. In the past several years she has taught all grade levels of Humanities classes at Gateway. She has also advised the Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and Indigenous Peoples Club alongside her work as a member of Gateway's Instructional Leadership Team. Hobbies include reading, making book recommendations, traveling, rearranging furniture, and cooking vegetarian and vegan foods.