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    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

           Click HERE for a map


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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 3; Beckem and Bentley, (twins) age 2.

    As you can see, the past nineteen 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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  • Kendal Buchannon, and Na’Theori Coleman have been accepted for admission to the 2018-2019 Congressional Youth Cabinet.
    On behalf of Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay and our entire staff, I want you to know how pleased we are that you have chosen to nominate these students to become part of the Congressional Youth Cabinet. We are grateful to the faculty and staff who invested much time and effort into their students' application materials. While we have every reason to believe your students will complete this school year successfully, remember that their admission is contingent upon their attendance and participation in the program which starts in December 2018 and ends in May 2019. 
    Students admitted to the program must attend the Commencement Ceremony to be held on Friday, December 7, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, in the Clay Education Center on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University. I have attached an informational flyer for you and your students, who can register using the following link. A formal invitation will follow in the mail by USPS. Please note that it may be slightly delayed due to Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday observed on November 12 for all federal employees.  
    We sincerely hope that you will share this information with you students, and encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MO1outreach.   I hope that you will be able to join us on December 7! 
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  • Teaching Moments


    Students Pictured: Darius Townsend, Maurice Black, and Anton Hall.

    "Some days are hard.  To be honest, some days are so difficult that I just sit and think about how I could have handled situations differently with my students.  No matter what happens, my students come in with grace the next day with the same attitude as me: "New day means new start."  This semester I reached out to Donor's Choose to give my students technology in the classroom.  This week, we wrote thank you cards to show our appreciation for the help we received from so many people.  To say this was my favorite project of the year with my students would be an understatement.  Each day, I'm reminded of my "Why"? here in St. Louis.  These kids are my reason. 

    Thank you to all of those who donated so that we could accomplish this!  I wish you all could witness the impact it's made in the learning of my students."

    Educator: Rebecca Norton

    SPED Dept.

    This is my DonorsChoose page:


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  • Free Tutoring @GatewaySTEM



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  • The Show Me Costa Rica Project and Gateway STEM! 


    The Show Me Costa Rica Project has helped make it possible for a total of 83 students from under-resourced high schools in Saint Louis Public Schools and the Riverview Gardens School District to travel to the Central American country, learning about biodiversity, entrepreneurship, public speaking and Latin American culture along the way.

    Show Me Costa Rica Project, started by UMSL education alumna, broadens students’ horizons! Click on the link below to read the article published by UMSL Daily and see what our Gateway students have accomplished.  

    Show Me Costa Rica

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  • Highlights from Gateway's Homecoming 2018! 


    Check out our photo galleries of Gateway STEM's Homecoming Weekend! 

    Homecoming 2018

    Jaguars v. Sumner

    Staffettes Dance Performance

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  • Extra Extra...Read All ABout It!!!!!!

    Jagtown News! 


    Hey Hey Gateway!!!---Journalism students are thrilled to announce the first edition of JagTown News! It's our very own student-run newsmagazine.  Our mission is to explore student life and learn more about each other. Maybe you want to publish your original artwork or creative writing. We want to give you a voice-----to interview you, while you do you! Check out the online issue today---on our website or follow us on social media. 

    Click Here!!

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    Gateway STEM's Admin Team displying school spirit during Spirit Week on "Twin Day" 

    Mr. Clay, Dr. Smith, Ms. McMichael, Dr. Phillips, and Mr. Winfrey

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  • Gateway Robotics Student Team

    GRC Team2018

    Twelve Gateway Robotics student team members competed in the off-season Gateway Robotics Challenge (GRC) at Lindenwood University in St. Charles Saturday.  We were one of 30 teams from across Missouri and Illinois.  We lost the first two matches but then won the next four to qualify in 9th place.  We were honored to be chosen by the strong 4th place team from Camdenton, Missouri.  A rookie team from Mascoutah, Illinois rounded out our alliance.  We won our first two matches in the quarter finals and advance to the semifinals.  

    Congrats Robotics Team!!!!!! Go Jags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Congrats to Gateway STEM Cross Country Team!


     Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls, and JV boys are the Champions of the Northside Invitational!

    We are bringing home 3 Championship team trophies!

    Justine Edwards ran her personal best today and has recorded one of the fastest times ran at Gateway on the girls side!!!

    CONGRATS JAGS!!!!!!!

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