Staff

Contact: 614-501-3820
info@bridgegateedu.org

 
 

School Leadership

 

 

DeShannon Butler, Principal, Bridge Gate Community School
dbutler@bridgegateedu.org

A native of Columbus, Ohio, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Central State University.  I obtained my teaching license via Ashland University's Bachelor's Plus Program and have since graduated with a Masters of Educational Administration (M.Ed.) in 2015. Currently, I am seeking a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement.

 

Staff

Instructional Aide

 


Teachers


Mercedes Casillas, Instructional Aide
mcasillas@bridgegateedu.org

Hello, I am Mercedes Casilla and I serve as an Instructional Aide. I attended Garfield High School in Los Angeles, California. I came to Columbus, Ohio in 1997. I was a volunteer at South Western City Schools as an Interpreter. I worked in different companies and in 2006, I became a Dental Assistant; taking my test for my licenses at OSU Dental Board. Since then, I have worked in different dental practices. In December 2016, I started working at Bridge Gate Community School and I love helping kids and interpreting their work for teachers. I have three boys and love cooking.

Terry Ingram, CTE
tingram@bridgegateedu.org

Hello, my name is Terry Ingram. I teach CTE Business and Personal Finance. My education includes a B.S. Management and Marketing from Franklin University, and Master’s program Education and Human Ecology from Ohio State University. I also hold a certificate in HVAC Technology from Columbus State Community College. In 2009, I began substitute teaching for Columbus Public School system.  In 2012, I began working for The Educational Empowerment Group (EEG) teaching business and financial literacy. My corporate background is in customer service, mutual fund trade, and portfolio management system for equity trading.  I have volunteered for Junior. Achievement teaching high school personal finance and have worked in a summer enrichment program through Upward Bound, Ohio Wesleyan division.  I am a father of two and have been married for thirteen years.

 

Matthew McIntyre, Social Studies Teacher
mmcintyre@bridgegateedu.org

Hi, my name is Matthew McIntyre. I have taught 7th grade Ancient World History, 8th grade Early American History, Modern World History, and Modern US History, and Economics at Bridge Gate Community School. I hold a B.S. degree in Social Studies Education from Bowling Green State University. In 2016-2017, I started my second year of teaching. Before coming to Bridge Gate Community School, I taught for one year as an Intervention Specialist at Achieve Career Preparatory Academy in Toledo. In addition to teaching, I worked as a Resident Advisor for two years in college; among many jobs. I love sports and music. I am a big-time Cleveland sports fan. I have an older sister and a twin brother.

 

Ryan Owen, Math Teacher
rowan@bridgegateedu.org

Hello, my name is Ryan Owen. I teach Fundamentals of Geometry & Algebra, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. I hold a B.S. in Business Administration degree from Shawnee State University and a Masters in Mathematics Education from Ohio University. In 2016-2017 I began my first-year teaching Mathematics at Bridge Gate Community School.  Prior to this, I taught Special Education for transitional aged students at Pioneer Center School in Ross County Ohio.  Over the past eight years, I have worked as a substitute teacher, private tutor, and soccer coach.  I played soccer on the men's soccer team at Shawnee State University for four years.  My wife, Cari, and I enjoy gardening, backpacking, and many other outdoor activities.  I have amazing and loving parents who live in northeastern Ohio and two great brothers who have families in Colorado and California.

 

Mary Timm, Language Arts Teacher
mtimm@bridgegateedu.org

My name is Mary Timm and I teach middle school Language and Arts as well as high school English. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ohio University. I am currently in my twelfth year of teaching. Prior to teaching at Bridge Gate Community School, I taught in Dayton for seven years both in charter and public schools. I moved to Columbus in 2012 and taught at a blended learning high school until 2016. In addition to teaching. I have served on a number of school committees and advised a variety of student clubs and organizations. I currently live in Reynoldsburg and am an avid Columbus Crew and Ohio State football fan.

 

Philips Akinwole, Science Teacher
pakinwole@bridgegateedu.org

I teach Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physical Science and hold a MSc. In Environmental Science from UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherland. As a child, I developed a life-long passion for nature especially for lakes, streams and parks, but also enjoy writing and traveling. I chose to pursue a career in Biology and received my interdisciplinary training in Zoology and Environmental Science. The Netherlands Fellowship Program awarded me a Master’s study in Environmental Science in 2003 at the UNESCO-IHE, Delft, in the Netherlands. I came to Columbus, OH in 2014 after teaching biology as a Teaching Assistant for three years at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. Additionally, I taught sciences for one year at City Prep Academy before joining the Bridge Gate Community School.

 

Curtis Williams, Intervention Specialist
clwill4867@yahoo.com