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 is 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 transition to the world of work. Among her many accomplishments Ms. Gutowski currently serves on the national board of the APSE.
Fran Sobon, COTA Occupational Therapy
After working at Jersey City Public Schools, Woodbridge Developmental Center and the Allegro School, Ms. Sobon joined The Gateway School Occupational Therapy Department in the summer of 1999. Since then she has been a highly effective and dedicated member of the related services staff. She has years of experience in Sensory Integration techniques and other alternative strategies and works closely with the classroom teachers to provide a collaborative model of intervention.
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.
Kyle Thomas, Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Kyle Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Health & Physical Education (K-12). He also earned two minors at WCU; Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (Adapted Physical Education) and Health. Mr. Thomas is currently teaching competitive and non-competitive team sports in his Adapted Physical Education classes and coaches The Gateway Gators Special Olympic Power Lifting Team. In addition to his time at Gateway, Mr. Thomas also coaches sports in the public schools. Previously, he has coached high school football, and is currently the throwing coach (shot-put, discus and javelin) at Metuchen High School. He is excited to be part of the amazingly dedicated Gateway Gator staff!
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.