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.
John Gonzalez, Supervisor of Instruction
Mr. Gonzalez joined the Gateway team as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in July of 2016. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and New Jersey City University. Mr. Gonzalez has a Master of Arts in Special Education and brings 15 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, head teacher, and administrator with the Jersey City and Newark Public Schools.
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.