Nick Sweeney, Superintendent
Nick Sweeney is the Superintendent of Gateway Christian Schools in Kitsap County, Washington. He has served as a teacher and administrator in private Christian Schools for 37 years. A native of Seattle, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from George Fox University, and a Master of Educational Administration Degree from Seattle University.
During his career, he has implemented groundbreaking programs in his schools. He established one of the first special education programs in a private school while in Southern California. Additionally, he has integrated student service opportunities into the extracurricular programs of his schools. These programs have included overseas service trips to countries like Ukraine, Guatemala, Honduras and Puerto Rico. As well, his schools have supported many service projects closer to home.
Mr. Sweeney’s development of international student programs in has significantly enhanced the school’s climate. With these programs, he has been able to expand the scope of education to help local students consider people in other parts of the country and world and what they can learn from those cultures. He believes it is an effective way to build multicultural understanding into the overall education of his students. It also affords the international students a chance to learn about Jesus Christ in an academic environment.
Three years ago, under Mr. Sweeney’s leadership, the school’s academic program incorporated an exciting new component: Arrowsmith Cognitive Development Program. Arrowsmith gives students with cognitive development issues a chance to develop skills and succeed in the regular school program.
Donna Beaver, Elementary Principal
Donna Beaver is the new elementary principal for Gateway Christian Schools Eagles Campus in Poulsbo. She moved her recently with her husband, Jim, from San Antonio. Donna and Jim both played tennis for Grand Canyon University, but actually met at a church college group event. They have been married for almost 33 years. Jim and Donna have 2 daughters, a son-in-law and a grandbaby on the way all living in Queen Anne over in Seattle. Donna grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and is so excited to be here in the Northwest taking on this new adventure.
Donna earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and her Masters of Education: Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix. She has been in Christian education for over 20 years. She taught Preschool, 1st, 2nd and 5th grades in Scottsdale Arizona and served as the administrator for North Phoenix Baptist Church weekday preschool. Most recently she served as the Superintendent/Principal at Northwest Hills Christian School in San Antonio, Texas.
“My favorite verse is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This was my grandmother’s favorite verse as well, so it is extra special to me!”