Gateway STEM Academy Board Information

Past, Present, and Future Board Meeting Dates and Times:
  • April 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
  • May 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
  • June 11, 2019 @5:00pm
  • July 9, 2019 @5:00pm
  • August 13, 2019 @5:00pm
  • September 10, 2019 @5:00pm
  • October 8, 2019 @5:00pm
  • November 14, 2019 @5:00pm
  • December 20, 2019 @5:00pm
  • January 7, 2020 @5:00pm
  • February 11, 2020 @5:00pm
  • March 10, 2020 @5:00pm
  • April 14, 2020 @5:00pm
  • May 12, 2020 @5:00pm
  • June 9, 2020 @5:00pm
  • September 29, 202 @5:00pm
  • October 27, 2020 @5:00pm
  • November 24, 2020 @5:00pm
  • December 29, 2020 @5:00pm
 
 

Authorizer

Gateway STEM Academy is authorized by Pillsbury United Communities Office of Public Charter Schools, which is approved by the Minnesota Department of Education to authorize charter schools in the state of Minnesota.

All charter schools in Minnesota are required to have an authorizer. An authorizer grants the original charter allowing the school to open and operate and is responsible for providing compliance oversight and monitoring academic achievement, financial, governance, operational strength and performance goals for each of its schools.

The GSA founding team embraces the mission, vision and values of Pillsbury United Communities! In particular, GSA is founded on the principles of equity and inclusion; people and partnerships; and innovation and creativity. GSA is seeking the opportunity to prove our ability to succeed with students from low income backgrounds, whose first language is not English, and who are culturally and ethnically diverse.

Pillsbury United Communities
125 West Broadway Avenue, Suite 130
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612-302-3400

 

Board Calendar & Minutes

 

Board Policies

 

Gateway STEM Academy Board

Gateway STEM Academy, a public charter school is nonsectarian in its programs, admissions policies, employment practices and all other operations, and is not affiliated with a sectarian school or religious institution. The board at Gateway STEM Academy meets the last Tuesday of every month, and meetings are open to the public. The charge of the school board is to oversee all aspects of the school’s mission, goals, and operations. The meeting location for all board meetings will be at 12119 16th Avenue S, Burnsville, MN 55337 starting at 5PM.

The seven-member governing board is currently in place and includes a depth of experience in K-12 education and school operations. Members’ names, roles on the Board, and brief summaries of qualifications are as follows:

Hassan Mahamud, Chairman of the Board

Term: July 1st, 2018-July 2021

Contact: mahamudh@gatewaystemacademy.org

Mr. Mahamud is currently a Compliance Analyst with the City of Minneapolis’ Civil Rights Department. He has also been employed by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in the Contract Compliance Division. Mr. Mahamud was previously employed by Sherman Associates, Inc. as a Property Manager and as a Project Manager. As a Project Manager, he oversaw the Riverside Plaza renovation project. Mr. Mahamud has received a B.S. Degree in Business Economics from the University of Minnesota; a Master’s in Business Administration from Hamline University School of Business and a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (St. Paul, MN).

Mohamed Jama, Treasurer of the Board

Term: July 1st, 2018-July 2021

Contact: jamam@gatewaystemacademy.org

Mr. Jama is the Founder & CEO Optima Financial Services. He has been in the mortgage lending industry more than a decade. His experience includes working with Wells Fargo’s mortgage division, management of Elite Mortgage of Dallas and international project development with Optima Holdings LLC. Mohamed has excelled in the industry. He has a passion for helping others, and has achieved top awards for his work. He has also managed Elite Financial Enterprises Inc. in Dallas, TX. He has worked in Countrywide, Genpact, Wells Fargo, and JP Morgan Chase.

Yusuf Waged, Community Representative

Term: July 1st, 2019-July 2022

Contact: wagedy@gatewaystemacademy.org

Yusuf Waged is the Director of Metro Tech Charter School in Shakopee MN. He is also the founder and Executive Director of A-Plus Kids. Mr. Waged recognizes the powerful ability of STEM knowledge and technology to provide underprivileged families and their children with opportunities to develop their potential and achieve academic and economic success. Since 2015, he has worked tirelessly with A Plus Kids by expanding its programming, deepening its community partnerships, and increasing its ability to fully address the inequalities present in our community. He continuously inspires our students and staff with his passion for STEM education. He has a strong background in IT; he co-founded the start-up WisePay and works with Clockwise Network Solutions, a Minneapolis-based software company.

Gospel Kordah, Community Representative

Term: July 1st, 2018-July 2020

Contact: kordahg@gatewaystemacademy.org

Mr. Kordah is currently an Equity Consultant with the New Prague Public Schools. Prior to that, he has served as a social skills teacher and Dean of Students at Dugsi Academy. While at Dugsi Academy, he was involved with parent outreach, leading the school’s PBIS implementation effort and served as a Restorative Justice Coach. Mr. Kordah also owns a tax service. Mr. Kordah holds an AA Degree in Liberal Arts from Lincoln College; a BS in Psychology from Augsburg College and an AA Degree in Human Resource Management from Penn Foster College.

Mahad Ibrahim, Community Representative

Term: July 1st, 2019-July 2022

Contact: abdullea@gatewaystemacademy.org

Mr. Abdulle is Director of Skyline Math and Science Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Language Arts from Metropolitan State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University with emphasis on curriculum design. Mr. Abdulle is an educational leader who has vision, creativity and dedication to excellence and equity in education.

Patrick Soberg, Teacher Representative

Term: July 1st, 2018-July 2021

Contact: Sobergp@gatewaystemacademy.org

Mr. Soberg is a English Language (EL) Teacher with Gateway STEM Academy. He has an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has experience teaching abroad and working with many different English language learners. Mr. Soberg is a strong advocate of community service, serving two years in AmeriCorps and working closely with various non-profits that help build stronger communities and improve the quality of education within struggling neighborhoods.

Khadija Ahmed, Parent Representative

Term: July 1st, 2019-July 2022

Contact: khadija@gatewaystemacademy.org

Ms. Ahmed has 2 children attending Gateway STEM Academy. She has been involved with Gateway since 2017 supporting focus groups for school development and other community initiatives. Ms. Ahmed has very strong interpersonal skills which brings together volunteers, staff and members of the Gateway School Community.