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Dean of Students

   Dean of Students  


      Janae Fine is new to Gateway this school year. She is a Bay Area native, originally from Oakland, CA. She graduated from Skyline High school and attended Merritt College and CSU Eastbay for her Undergraduate degree. She returned to Eastbay to complete her Masters degree in Educational  Leadership and earned her Administrative Services Credential. Prior to being an administrator, Janae worked as an elementary and middle school teacher across the Bay Area. She began her teaching career in Oakland and later worked in San Francisco, Concord, Bay Point, and Antioch. Janae looks forward to her new role as an administrator and hopes to help create "Men and women that deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world” (Paulo Friere).

Community Service Assistant





Hola comunidad de Bay Point y sus alrededores

     My name is Elba  and I am very blessed to work in this area. I have been working at Gateway  High School since 2003 and I will not chang my school for another one. I  love it here! I am pleased to help translate  to Spanish/ English  for whoever needs it in our community. I am an immigrant myself  from  Torreon Coahuila, Mexico. I try to communicate  the needs of our children and parents  to the staff  of MDUSD to the best of my abilities. My goal is to  graduate your student  from our great high school. Please come and say hi to us,  our school  and our staff  are here to serve you.

Your School Coordinator

Elba Mahoney

Mathematics/ IS/Electives Teacher


       Ms. Branch possesses a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education from CSU Eastbay. Her initial professional experience was an accountant and financial analyst for Morrison and Forester LLP, and Wells Fargo & Co., respectively. In 2002, Ms. Branch took and passed the CBEST and began a career teaching economics and government as an intern teacher at Hayward High School in the Hayward Unified School District. Upon successful completion of her teacher-credentialing program, Ms. Branch sought permanent employment as a mathematics teacher in Antioch Unified. She immediately began a course of study in mathematics curriculum and educational practices for which she received her M.S. The focus of her studies during this two-year program was on the achievement gap that exists for African American males in mathematics in the Antioch and Oakland school districts before coming to Mt. Diablo Unified in 2015. Ms. Branch looks forward to continuing her work at Gateway, and helping our students reach their academic and future goals.

Science/I.S. /Elective Teacher


      Hi, I'm Ms. Duncan. I've been teaching since 2007, and have also done work in curriculum development and childbirth education/support. I live in Concord with my 2 kids, husband, 2 dogs, 3 chickens, and some fish. I grew up in this school district, attending Oak Grove MS, and graduating from YVHS. I like hiking, camping, sci-fi and fantasy books and movies, belly dancing, rock climbing, and hanging out with my fam.  I started at Gateway last school year, and am happy to be back here to help our students reach their graduation goals.

Work Based Learning Coordinator


Anna Ramos is a Bay Point native and a product of MDUSD. She graduated from Mount Diablo High School in 2011 and received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University Stanislaus in the Spring of 2016. Anna then was hired to work part time for MDUSD and part time for the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board. Originally she supported the district by leading work readiness workshops for youth and by supporting with youth programming through the county. Ms. Anna was hired full time with MDUSD, May 2017 as a Work Based Learning Coordinator. She supports the district at the high school levels by supporting Career Technical Education programs, pathways, and academies. She also is a case manager for the Youth Employment Services. She supports youth 16-24 who have some kind of barrier to employment or education. Her goal is to support the youth she works with and empower them to reach their full potential. Ms. Anna will be available at Gateway High School on Thursdays from 8am-3pm.

Anna Ramos es nativa de Bay Point y producto de MDUSD. Se graduó de Mount Diablo High School en 2011 y recibió su título de la Universidad Estatal de California Stanislaus en la primavera del 2016. La señorita

 Anna fue contratada para trabajar a tiempo parcial para MDUSD y a tiempo parcial para la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral del Condado de Contra Costa. Originalmente, ella apoyó al distrito liderando talleres de preparación laboral para jóvenes y apoyando la programación juvenil a través del condado. La señorita Anna fue contratada a tiempo completo con MDUSD, Mayo de 2017, como Coordinadora de Aprendizaje Basado en el Trabajo. Ella apoya al distrito en los niveles de la escuela secundaria al apoyar los programas de educación técnica profesional, caminos, y academias. También es administradora de casos para los Servicios de Empleo Juvenil(Youth Employment Services Program). Ella apoya a los jóvenes de 16 a 24 años que tienen algún tipo de barrera para el empleo o la educación. Su objetivo es apoyar a los jóvenes con los que trabaja y capacitarlos para alcanzar su máximo potencial. La señorita Anna estará disponible en Gateway High School los jueves de 8am a 3 pm.

School Counselor



Kim Hendrick grew up in Chicago, Illinois.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois in 1999.  She has been employed as a school social worker in the Chicago suburbs as well as Chicago Public Schools working with students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.  Kim moved to the SF bay area with her husband in 2007, and began working in Oakland Unified School District with high school students who have emotional and behavioral challenges.  In 2015, Kim transferred to MDUSD as a counselor in Alternative Education.  She travels between three different school sites and enjoys helping students with their social/emotional, behavioral and academic needs.  Kim loves spending time with family and friends, and exploring the beautiful state of California.