Contacts and Staff

Mark French , Ed.S.

Position
Gatewood Principal
Phone Number
952-988-5251

Mark has been a principal for 20 years, most recently serving as principal of Rice Lake Elementary in Maple Grove. He started his teaching career in Houston and moved back to Minnesota to work at St. Paul Public Schools. He then worked at the Blake Schools, then returned back to St. Paul before spending the last 18 years with the Osseo Area Schools.

Karen Anderson, MA

Position
Art Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.5235

Karen Anderson has worked for the Hopkins Public Schools since 1986. She was the art consultant for the District and worked in all the Hopkins Elementary Schools.

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.

Laura Arndt

Position
Learning Support Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.5233
Laura has worked at Gatewood Elementary for 14 years as a paraprofessional. She is currently on Wellness committees for both students and staff and is very passionate about living and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Alia Azizi

Position
ELL Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5217

Lisa Barbari, B.A.

Position
Title One Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5233

Ms. Barbari has a K-6 Elementary Education degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. She also has a K-12 Library Media Education license from Mankato State University and has taken numerous courses in the Reading Licensure Program at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Tracey Benson, BA

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5259
Tracey graduated from Augsburg College in 1997, double majoring in Elementary Education and Women's Studies.

Grace Brown, BA

Position
K-4 FLES Teacher

Grace Brown is your child's Spanish teacher at Gatewood Elementary. Grace has a BA in Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Chantele Burgess

Position
Integration Specialist
Phone Number
952.988.5214

Marcia Curley

Position
Activity Supervisor Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Phone Number
952-988-5215

Ellen Dischinger, B.S.

Position
Kindergarten Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5224

Ms. Dischinger has been teaching Kindergarten since 1999. She is excited to be part of the Gatewood community.

Nikki Ehrenberg, LGSW

Position
School Social Worker
Phone Number
952.988.5068

Nikki has been a school social worker with the Hopkins Public Schools since 2013. Prior to coming to Hopkins, Nikki interned in other Twin Cities elementary schools as a school social worker.

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.

Avril Ferguson

Position
Clerk
Phone Number
952.988.5253

Avril joined the staff of Gatewood Elementary in August of 2013. She previously worked at both Katherine Curren Elementary and Harley Hopkins Early Childhood Special Education, as a child study secretary.

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.

Monica Grubb, M.Ed.

Position
ELL and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.4326

Coreen Hagon

Position
Stepping Stones Lead Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5262

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.

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. 

Kimberly Husfeldt, Ed.S.

Position
School Psychologist
Phone Number
952.988.4419

Kimberly Husfeldt has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001. She originally started her career at Hopkins West Junior High as a special education case manager and work experience teacher.

KImberly Hysjulien, BA

Position
2nd Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5274

Kim Hysjulien received her BA from Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. She has been teaching in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999, with a 4 year leave to teach in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Jim Ikhaml, BA

Position
2nd Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5280

Jim Ikhaml has been working in the Hopkins Public Schools since 2001, first as a fifth grade teacher and currently as a second grade teacher.

Justin Ingham

Position
3rd Grade Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5266

Heidi Itman, B.S.

Position
1st Grade Teacher

Heidi Itman is in her third year teaching. She recently moved to Hopkins Public Schools from Osseo Public Schools.

Marsha Jenne, A.A.S.

Position
Special Education Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952.988.5249

Marsha has been with Hopkins Public Schools since 2003.  She had worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant prior to working with the District.

Carla Johnson

Position
Title 1 Teacher
Phone Number
952.988.5279

Karen Johnson

Position
Special Education Paraprofessional
Phone Number
952-988-5215

Jenny Johnson, BA

Position
Paraprofessional & Activity Supervisor
Phone Number
952.988.5238

Jenny has worked in the Hopkins Public Schools since 1999. She works with the Links to Learning program during school hours. She works with Kids & Company before school and on non-school days.

Kerry Kee

Position
Child Study Secretary
Phone Number
952.988.5249

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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