Message from the Principal

I am excited to join the Gatewood community and look forward to contributing to the great things happening here. I am becoming a Gatewood Gator after serving 34 years as an educator; the past nineteen as an elementary school principal. I have worked in urban and suburban, public and private, and elementary and middle schools. My passion and virtuosities are definitely working with elementary school students.

I live in the Hopkins School District and have a strong interest in the components of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math. I majored in science and math in college; have taught at the Science Museum of Minnesota; am an active user of social media to share my story and promote what's happening in schools; and have worked with students on robotics, coding, video production, and technology integration. Gatewood is a great fit for me.

I look forward to continuing the outstanding traditions that have been established and am excited to help find ways to make staff members', students' and families' experiences even more powerful. I invite you to connect with me and come and visit. You can follow me on Twitter @PrincipalFrench as I will be sharing the great things students and staff members are doing during the school year. You can also follow our school Twitter hashtag #GatewoodGators.


Mark French
Proud Principal of Gatewood Elementary