A Charter School for Children With Reading Differences

History & Mission

The Gates School, a public charter school serving grades 1-6, opened their doors in August 2021 after years of planning by dedicated parents and community members. The goal was to bring an educational institution specifically designed for dyslexic learners to the Lowcountry. Orton-Gillingham instruction and a multi-sensory educational model is instituted throughout the classrooms providing the pathway for the success of our students.

Gates School aims to unlock the potential of each student through the use of innovative teaching approaches while adhering to all state curriculum and standards. Additionally, Gates aspires to serve as a regional model that is a beacon to educators and parents as to what can be accomplished through dedication, service, and a supportive educational foundation.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

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Jean Castelli

Principal
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 Ashley Brooks

Executive Director
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Dr. Schwartz

Director of Student Services
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Janice Nichols

Director of Operations
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Rachel Jones

Office Manager
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Gillian Maro

School Counselor
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Betsy Ward

1st Grade
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Amanda Gill

2nd Grade
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Caroline Grove

3rd Grade
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McKenna Ford

3rd Grade
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Maura Twohig

4th Grade
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Amanda Forehand

4th Grade
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Jillian Estelle

5th Grade
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Kyle Stephenson

5th Grade
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Cindy O'Sullivan

6th Grade - ELA/SS
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Kelli Testa

6th Grade - Math/Sci
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Shawn Fagan

PE Teacher
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Maddie Rau

Special Education Teacher
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ShaRelle Bowman

Special Education Teacher
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Kiki Allen

Teaching Assistant
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Kristin Varn

Occupational Therapist
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Angie Odachowski

Speech Therapist

Meet Our Board

Stephanie Sams

Board Chair

Trey Zimmerman

Vice Board Chair

Eric Bentson

Treasurer

Ashley Goverman

Secretary

George Hynd, PhD

Board Member

Sedric Webber

Board Member

Bob McFerran

Board Member

Rosemary Herold

Board Member