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  • Gateway STEM High School

    GatewaySTEM Ext        5101 McRee
           St. Louis, MO 63110
           Office: 314.776.3300
           FAX: 314.244.1779
           Principal: Dr. Amy Phillips
           Hours: 7:10 - 2:07
           Grades: 9-12

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    Growing up, I admired my family’s love for education.  My grandmother was a school cook and my mother was a special education teacher.  In fact, when I wasn’t attending school myself or participating in school related activities, I was in my mother’s classroom working independently with children who had special needs.  I began as a volunteer tutor as I completed my high school course work and earned what would amount to an associate’s degree in child development through dual credit courses at the local junior college. 

    I then attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where I was a member of the cross-country and track teams. I completed my student teaching at Highland High School in Highland, Illinois and graduated in the winter of 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication Education and a minor in English. 

    In 1998, I accepted a job with the Ritenour School District as a teacher in their alternative school.  I worked with 4-12th grade students who were struggling in the traditional school setting. 

    In 1999, I was given an opportunity to run a YMCA facility in the city, and so I left the alternative school to work with children and adults of all ages to build not just their minds, but their body and spirit as well. 

    In 2000, I left the YMCA to accept my first “real” teaching job, teaching Speech, English and Theatre for the Bayless School District in St. Louis, Missouri.  Part of my assignment there included directing 2 plays a year, cheerleading coach, senior class sponsor, drama club sponsor, pep club sponsor, professional development district secretary, curriculum writing, Renaissance sponsor, hospitality committee chair, and a conglamorance of other duties that are inherently assigned to young teachers. 

    In the meantime, I completed my master’s degree in educational administration through Southwest Baptist University. 

    In 2002, the Bayless School District created an athletic director position for me that would compliment my experiences in college athletics, the YMCA and educating kids.  I completed those responsibilities part time and continued to teach part time.  I also found time to teach as part of the adjunct faculty at Sanford Brown College. 

    The following year, I accepted an administrative position with the Hillsboro School District in Hillsboro, Missouri where I spent three years serving as a Building Principal, Assistant Principal, and Activities Director for the District.

    While there, I completed my Specialist Degree in Superintendency with Southwest Baptist University and finished all of the coursework needed to complete my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through UMSL.

    In 2006, I accepted a position in the St Louis Public School District as Principal at the Williams Ninth Grade Academy. I spent two years there creating a world renowned ninth grade program until the district closed the facility due to lack of funding.

    In 2008, I moved into a central office position working as an assistant to the superintendent in the capacity of director of recruitment and student placement.  This provided me with an extensive background in the magnet school programs and their benefit to the SLPS.

    In 2009, I was given a very challenging yet rewarding opportunity to turn around a struggling magnet school.  At Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, I had the distinct pleasure of utilizing the arts to help motivate and cultivate the minds of hundreds of young people to achieve academic greatness as well as inherent creative talent.  CVPA graduated numerous talents who went on to find artistic success while we also became the 25th best High School in the state.

    While there, I also oversaw 5 other schools as a support principal and somehow still found the time to start another doctoral program with Missouri Baptist and earned my terminal degree in 2011.

    In 2015, I was asked to take another Central Office position as a Network Superintendent overseeing the middle and high schools. I was charged with the mission-critical task of setting and meeting academic standards, developing instructional resources and creating best-in-class educational offerings that address the needs of the district’s students.

    I have been honored to be selected as the recipient of the Peabody Leaders in Education Award, the Teach for America Principal of the Year Award and the Pettus Principal Award during my time with the St. Louis Public Schools. I hold an MS and Ed. S in Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University and Ed .D in Education Leadership from Missouri Baptist University.

    Outside of my work with SLPS, I enjoy serving as an adjunct professor for Lindenwood University’s Educational Administration Program and spending time with my 3 children: Ryder, age 5; Beckem and Bentley, (twins) age 3.

    As you can see, the past twenty-one years have provided me with a wealth of experience in education.  None of which, however, could completely prepare me for the challenges ahead.  Education is a very fluid profession and as the needs of children change, so will I as an educator and leader. I look forward to working with the students and parents at Gateway STEM.

Mission and Vision

  • Our Mission: Science, technology, engineering, and math: Embracing diversity and inspiring critical thinking through innovative career and college pathways.

    Our Vision: Empowering diverse career and college ready innovators to evolve with the world. Learners today. Leaders tomorrow!





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    As a SLPS parent, it is important for me to give back to teachers and the district in any way I can. My most recent partnership has been with SLPS Equity Bridge; a parent coalition dedicated to addressing the racial & socioeconomic disparities across St. Louis Public Schools. 
    Equity Bridge recently established a fund to support classroom and project grants, for schools where PTO funding is limited. The "City Strong, Public Proud" fundraising drive will help this fund grow. We are hoping you will consider:
    • Promoting this campaign to staff and parents at your school by sharing the campaign link and distributing the attached flyer
    • Encourage staff to wear "City Strong, Public Proud" shirts on spirit and casual days 
    Equity Bridge sees these shirts as a way to not only raise funds; but also help SLPS students, parents, teachers, and staff - regardless of school affiliation - feel connected and part of a larger community. With your support, we can spread the word throughout the district and help promote public education across St. Louis. 
    Included below is a link to the fundraiser and promotional flyer (attached). The fundraising campaign will run through Nov. 18th. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!
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    Saturday your Robotics Team were key volunteers for a Go-Baby-Go event customizing ride-in cars for kids with Spina Bifida.  Over the previous two months we worked in partnership with the Belleville Kiwanis Club to add a Go-Button on the steering wheel for kids who can’t use their legs or an enlarged foot pedal for those who.  We also added a parent master switch on the back and fitted the car under the guidance of BJC therapists.  

    The Robotics Team members in the picture from left to right are:  Daniel Newgent, Ethan Henning, Evan Holden, Nathan Morison, and Jevon Clark.  Also in photo are Tim Frazier and myself.  Student who helped plan and make car modification but couldn’t make it Saturday include Ayrton Ponce, Raneem Alhamed, and Asher Pruitt. 


    The smiling faces of KC, Faith, Cole and their families with their new BMW i8 Concept cars says it all.  It was fun watching them race around the cafeteria with a sense of freedom they hadn’t enjoyed before.



    Frank Dressel

    Gateway STEM High School Robotics Team

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    Attention Parents and Students: 

    Gateway students now have the ability to access their information through our Student Portal option on Tyler 360.  

    Please follow the instructions on the document HERE and HERE! to assist in setting up.  Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school, or email Mr. Bova


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    Check out the up to date news reporting at Gateway STEM HS HERE!

    For a downloadable PDF go HERE!



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    Gateway STEM Jaguars Erion Jackson (23) gives the stiff arm to Soldan’s Javonta Robinson (6) during their game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at Soldan. The Jaguars went on to defeat the Tigers of Soldan 38-12.

    Article HERE!

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  • Robotics



    To parents and supporters of our Robotics Team,

     The Robotics Team Perpetual Chaos continues to meet Tuesdays at Gateway after school.  New members are welcome. 

     Last Saturday morning seven students and three parents helped with the Clean Streams effort on the River des Peres at Willmore Park.  This project was set up by Evan c/o 2021 from Metro.  In the attached photo you can see some of the bags of trash that our team collected.  Students from left to right are Serena H from Metro, Asher P, Alejandro E, Aiden H, Nathan M, Mason Q, and Ayrton P.  This three hour community service effort turned out to be a lot of fun on a beautiful day and we left a cleaner city and river.

     Saturday afternoon our FIRST Tech Challenge Team Spare Parts was at the World Wide Technology Indy car race in Madison, Illinois with other area teams demonstrating their robot for community outreach.  Students who volunteered there were Nathan M, Charlie B. Ethan H, Emma B, Obike A. Chibale A, and Faith B.

     A smaller group of students are meeting Thursdays after school starting next week providing technical assistance for a GoBabyGo event October 19th.  This effort will provide ride-in-cars tailored for five area children with Spina Bifida.  We’ll provide the car modification kits, instructions, and technical assistance the day of the event.



    Frank Dressel

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    Teaching Moment: Mr. McCoy, 3rd Period American Literature

    "Today, we had a lot of fun in my 3rd period class talking about the American Literature curriculum.  Later in the year, we will be analyzing and acting out The Crucible by Arthur Miller: a chilling tale of groupthink and hysteria based on McCarthyism.  The parallels to current events will be interesting to discuss with my bright and dapper students."

                                                                                 - Jason McCoy: American Literature

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    2019-2020 Gateway STEM Uniform Schedule

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