The Gateway School Team
Below is just a sampling of those that are here to support our children through their challenges and to be a pivotal part in helping them achieve their goals to the best of their abilities.
Chris Hoye, Ed.D., Principal
Dr. Hoye graduated from Syracuse University in 1993, the same year he assumed his position as the Principal of The Gateway School. His career spans over 38 years working with individuals with disabling conditions and their families in New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
LeRoi R. Jones, Supervisor of Instruction
Mr. LeRoi R. Jones is a new addition to the administrative staff at The Gateway School. He joined the team in March of 2019 as the Director of Curriculum. He loves to inspire and encourage students here at The Gateway School to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom!
Mr. Jones is originally from Red Bank, NJ, graduated from Rowan University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then went on to obtain two master’s degree, one in Educational Leadership and the other in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University. But Mr. Jones had a passion for the education field and continued with his education by obtaining a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Rowan University in 2011.
Through various educational administrative positions, Mr. Jones has spent years providing development and coaching for teachers, school staffs, and parents all over New Jersey. He is in constant search of finding creative ways to deepen relationships with faculty by determining their personal views and needs. He seeks to be highly visible to students and teachers each, facilitating rigorous academic standards. He truly fosters a culture that promotes motivated learners and curious minds. His educational experiences have afforded the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being.
We are proud to have Mr. Jones join our team in order to cultivate the very values and achievements that he has done throughout his lifetime!
Patricia Gutowski, SLE and Transition Coordinator
Ms. Gutowski has over 30 years of experience in Special Education. Her current position at The Gateway School is the Structured Learning Experience (SLE) and Transition Coordinator. Over the past 20 years at The Gateway School, she has worked with the high school students providing job sampling experiences and training in job-related behaviors, preparing them for the transition to the world of work. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Gutowski currently serves on the national board of the APSE.
Christine Maiers, Speech Pathologist/Related Services Coordinator
Christine Maiers joined the Gateway School in 1999 following several years providing therapeutic services within a rehabilitation setting. She received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kean University. Ms. Maiers manages the related services department and works directly with Gateway School students to expand functional communication skills. She has extensive experience developing social language skills and providing training in the use of augmentative/alternative supports.
Debra Shanin, MSW, Counselor
Ms. Shanin provides individual and group counseling to the Gateway students and works closely with all the classroom teachers. She graduated with an MSW degree from NYU and brings almost 30 years of experience in the field of Social Work and Human Services to her position here at Gateway.
Linda Oliva, BSN, NJ-CSN
After clinical experiences at some of New Jersey’s finest hospitals including The Children’s Hospital of NJ in Newark, JFK Medical Center, and Hackensack University Medical Center, Nurse Oliva turned her career interests towards the field of School Nursing. After hands-on stints in a few public and private schools, Mrs. Oliva joined The Gateway School staff during the 2011-2012 school year. She provides medical and health support services for the Gateway students.
Dave Mock, PrimeTime Center Director
Dave Mock has been a part of the Gateway School family for over 20 years. In the 1990’s he worked as both a Teacher Assistant and a Classroom Teacher before becoming the Supervisor of Instruction in 2001, a position he has held for the past 14 years. Mr. Mock’s position is now Director of PrimeTime Center, a DDD approved day program specializing in serving adults with developmental disabilities. PrimeTime is located in the lower level of Gateway School. Mr. Mock is a graduate of Syracuse University and received a Master’s Degree in Education from Kean University.