Contacts and Staff

Dr. George Nolan, Ed. D.

Position
Interim Principal
Phone Number
952.988.5251

Nolan has a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota and a certificate in sixth-year licensure in educational leadership and administration from St. Cloud University. He also has a master of science in sociology from Minnesota State University and a degree in political science from Southwest State University.

Nolan is the father of three boys ages 31, 21, and 18. The two youngest boys attend colleges on academic and athletic scholarships. Nolan began his role late this summer.

Karla Anderson, MA

Position
Speech/Language Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5218

Karla Anderson has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools at Gatewood Elementary School since 1987. She also worked part time at Harley Hopkins Early Childhood during the first two years in the District.

Lisa Barbari, B.A. Education K-6

Position
MTSS/Title One Teacher

Mrs. Barbari enjoys working with students in the area of reading and math. She was a classroom teacher prior to becoming a title one teacher. Mrs. Barbari has an elementary teaching degree and a license in library media.

Tracey Beaverson, M.Ed.

Position
Elementary Instructional Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4250

Tracey Beaverson has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2008. For 8 years she taught 5th and 3rd grades at Alice Smith Elementary and for 2 years she taught 3rd grade at Meadowbrook Elementary.

Tracey Benson, BA

Position
Title 1 Teacher, SMARTS Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5259

Tracey has been in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999 in varying roles (Kitchen, LRT, GED Examiner, Title I) and buildings.

Jill Bloedorn, MS

Position
Literacy Coach
Phone Number
952.988.5271

Chantele Burgess

Position
Integration Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.5214

Linda Burt, BS

Position
Kaleidoscope Assistant Teacher
Phone Number
952.486-9594

Linda Burt has worked for Hopkins Public Schools since 2018. She received her Bachelor of Sciences degree at University of Wisconsin-Stout in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Freddy Cabán Nieves

Position
Technology Support Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.5297

Freddy is a Building Technology Support Specialist for Hopkins Public Schools.

Renee Canales Funk, M.Ed.

Position
Visual Art Educator
Phone Number
952-988-4364

Renee earned her Bachelor's Degree in visual art from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and her Masters of Education in Visual Art in 2012.

Heidi Christen, MA

Position
First Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5230

Heidi started teaching at Gatewood in 1999. She taught Spanish, Third Grade, and First Grade at Gatewood Elementary.

Kay Christenson, BA

Position
Kids & Company, Activity Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.5190

Kay has been with Hopkins Public Schools Kids & Company since September 1990. She has seen many changes throughout the years.

Marcia Curley

Position
Activity Supervisor 3rd - 6th grade
Phone Number
952-988-5215

Christy Daigle, MA

Position
School Counselor
Phone Number
952.567.8936

Christy Daigle started with Hopkins Public Schools as an intern at Hopkins High School and Hopkins Alternative Program (HAP). She went on to serve as a long term sub school counselor at Hopkins North Jr. High, and now she is thrilled to be at Gatewood!

Beth Davis, M.Ed.

Position
Title One Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5118

Beth Davis joined Hopkins Public Schools in 1996. She joined the Title One staff at Gatewood Elementary in 2020

Brooke Davis, MSW, LICSW

Position
Special Education Social Worker
Phone Number
952.988.4659

Brooke Davis has supported Gatewood Elementary students and families since 2019. Before Gatewood, she was a special education social worker at Eastern Carver County Schools.

Carley Dyer, B.A.

Position
Links to Learning Special Education Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5270

Carley has worked in many different educational settings, such as a level-four school, care and treatment setting, and DCD classrooms for the last four years. She believes that each student is unique, and since they are unique they deserve a specific lesson geared for their capabilities and interests.

Patty Ewing, BS

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5272

Ms. Ewing taught kindergarten, second and third grade in West Sacramento, CA.  She has worked in Title 1/RTI since 2010. 

Heidi Farner, M.A.

Position
Grade 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5230

Heidi Farner started her teaching career at Gatewood Elementary in 1999. She taught Spanish, second grade, and third grade.

Heather Frary, M.A.

Position
ELL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5216

Heather Frary has been teaching English Language Learners in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999. Prior to teaching in Hopkins, Heather taught in elementary and junior high classrooms in Wisconsin and Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Melissa Gausmann, M.Ed.

Position
Literacy Coach
Phone Number
952.988.4218

Melissa has been working in the Hopkins Public School District since 2011. Before coming to Hopkins, she taught 8 years in the elementary classroom teaching third, fourth, and fifth graders.

Kate Gjerde, BA

Position
ELL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.8867

Laura Grant, BFA

Position
Art Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5182

Laura Grant is a fine artist who has taught K-12 art around the country and is proud to be teaching Art in Hopkins Public Schools since 2015.

Diane Gray

Position
Paraprofessional - LTL

Diane Gray has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1997.

Monica Grubb, M.Ed., MAESL

Position
EL/ESL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4326

Monica Grubb has been part of Hopkins Public Schools since 1999.

Coreen Hagon, BS

Position
Gatewood Stepping Stones Lead Preschool Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5262

Coreen began working for Hopkins Public Schools in 2007. She started at Kaleidoscope Preschool (Harley location) as an assistant, where she was surrounded by very talented, passionate, and experienced Early Childhood directors & staff.

Jeremy Hahn, MS

Position
4th Grade Classroom Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5246

Jeremy Hahn has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. He also spends his summers working with students in Environmental Education.

Lara Hammer, BA

Position
K-12 Spanish Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5068

Lara Hammer earned her B.A. in Spanish and Studio Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. She studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Mérida, Venezuela and focused on South American literature.

Becky Hart, M.Ed.

Position
ELL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5281

Becky Hart has been with Hopkins Public Schools since 2008. Before starting in Hopkins, she taught English in Japan for three years. 

Tamara Hoppe, M. Ed.

Position
Special Education Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4827

Ms. Hoppe is a special education teacher in the learning center at Gatewood Elementary She teaches kindergarten through sixth grade students.

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School Hours

Grades K–6
9:33–4:05

Office Hours 
8:00–4:30

Kids & Company

952.988.5215

Principal
Mark French