The Apple with Heart's Core, Christopher Gates Foundation, and Ambassadors of Hope logos are Registered Trademarks or Trademarks of Christopher Gates. All rights Reserved.

The Apple with Heart's Core, Christopher Gates Foundation, and Ambassadors of Hope logos are Registered Trademarks or Trademarks of Christopher Gates. All rights Reserved.

The Apple with Heart's Core, Christopher Gates Foundation, and Ambassadors of Hope logos are Registered Trademarks or Trademarks of Christopher Gates. All rights Reserved.

Christopher Gates is an innovative educator that encourages youth to be creative, intuitive, and insightful thinkers by empowering them to have high expectations for success.



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•  President Barack Obama's Volunteer Service Award

•  2018 NoVo Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund Award

•  2017 AmeriCorps Alumni Service Award

•  2016 Corporation for National & Community Service Recognition

•  2016 National Education Association Learning & Leadership Grant

•  2015 W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Educated Kids) Grant Recipient

•  2015 National Education Association Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant

•  2014 Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge National Finalist

•  2012 ING Unsung Heroes Award

•  2008 Florida’s Nominee: National Education Association ESP of the Year

•  2008 National Education Association Books Across America Library Books Award

•  2006 Nominee: AOL@School - National Education Association Foundation Award

    for Technology Leadership

•  2006 Disney & Youth Service America Grant Award



•  Recognition: Governor Charlie Crist for commitment to Florida’s Public Schools

•  2016 Florida Department of Elder Affairs Community Service Recognition

•  2015 Finalist: Florida Department of Education School-Related Employee of the Year

•  2008 Florida Education Association Educational Support Professional of the Year

•  2006 Finalist: Florida Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence

•  Scholarship: Florida Education Association ESP Award

•  Florida House of Representatives Tribute: Rep. Perry Thurston Jr., District 93 (AAMS)



•  City of Ft. Lauderdale Proclamation: April 1st - CHRISTOPHER GATES DAY

•  2007 City of Ft. Lauderdale Proclamation: April 21st -

   AAMS Dell TechKnow Youth Service Day



•  2016 Catalyst Miami - Step Up Miami Alumni

•  2014 Broward County Public Schools School-Related Employee of the Year

•  2014 Wells Fargo S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering & Math) Grant Recipient

•  2014 Broward Education Foundation Teacher Innovation Grant Award

•  2014 School-Related Employee of the Year: Broward Virtual School

•  2013 Sun Sentinel Staff of Character Award: Broward County Public Schools

•  2009/2010 Arthur Ashe C.I.T.Y Academy Outstanding Co-Coordinator Award

•  2009/2010 Broward County Public Schools Youth Mentoring Programs

   Outstanding Mentor of the Year - Arthur Ashe Middle

•  2008 Finalist: Broward County Public School-Related Employee of the Year

•  2008 School-Related Employee of the Year: Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. Middle School

•  2008 Broward PPA Executive Board Leadership Award

•  2007 Broward County Proclamation: December 20th - AAMS Dell TechKnow Youth Day

•  2005, 07, 08, 09 Nominee: J.M Family Enterprises African-American Achievers Award

•  1999 The Miami Herald/ El Nuevo Herald Silver Knight Honorable Mention (Art)

•  1999 The Miami Herald/ El Nuevo Herald Dedication Award (Category: Art)

•  1999 Hialeah-Miami Lakes Nominee Award for the Miami Herald Silver Knight Award

•  1999 John I. Smith Community Service Award (Service to residents of Miami-Dade


•  1999 1st Place: Scholastic Art and Writing Award

•  1999 Scholarship: Dr. Floyd W. Larkin Scholarship Fund

Christopher Gates inspires youth to be creative, intuitive, insightful thinkers by empowering them to have high expectations for success. With over a decade in the field of education, from Kindergarten through 12th grades, and as a Vocational Supervisor in the private sector, Gates has received numerous local, state, and national awards in recognition for his contributions to schools, communities, and the profession. Beyond education, he is an author, artist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and mentor.

•   Attucks Middle School, Center for Instructional Technology (C.I.T.E)/

    Digital Learning  Environment Study (DLES):

The DLES was developed to empower students to become lifelong learners capable of using technology for critical thinking, problem solving, virtual learning, and enhancing student achievement. Managed school-wide DLES Initiative Deployment, parent/student/staff training model, established DLES Best Practices continuum, and district demonstration classroom.


•    Grants Administration and Management:

Pioneer in developing leadership strategies for working with all levels of the educational community, as well as securing and managing more than a half-a-million dollars (+$500,000) in grants and in-kind contributions. Successfully written and implemented local, state, and national grant proposals, receiving funding to implement innovative programs. Grants received include W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Disney Worldwide Outreach, Youth Service America, ING Unsung Heroes Foundations, Wells Fargo STEM Grant, Broward Education Foundation, and others.


•    Master Trainer: Planning /Coordination/Inservice Evaluation:

(Train the Trainer); Planning, coordination, implementation of Strategic Training Plans and Inservice at school and district levels SSI Division. Schedule and deliver training programs in education, student achievement, student support services, social-emotional learning, technology (technical  assistance and integration into content areas). Responsibilities include:


-  Identifying and determining training needs (needs assessment:

   competencies & target groups

-  Design participant-oriented learning materials and resources (planning and


-  Evaluate program impact at different levels (data collection and



•    Cert. Social + Emotional Intelligence Coach

Cert. to conduct the Social + Emotional Intelligence Profile, the most comprehensive SEI assessment to coach clients in twenty-six (26) distinct SEI competency areas for success in decision making, and interactions with others in school, life, and work.  


•    Cert. School Leadership for Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Character

    Development (CD) and School Culture and Climate (SCC)

Cert. to implement social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives and promote positive culture and climate in schools, emphasizing school climate, culture, values, leadership, student voice and engagement, and SEL skills development.



"Every day, exploration, creativity, and innovation, are encouraged and fostered as students own their experience, discover new talents, and cultivate genius."

Awards & Recognition

Community & Professional Affiliations

The new and exciting opportunities that come from those experiences, reach beyond mediocrity and captures the heart of the learner and the very essence of learning. My approach to teaching and learning is one that captivates the inquisitive mind, and challenges it through theory, complex thinking, and experiential learning.


If we want our schools to be respected, then we too must respect the quality of what we produce in them. Homogenized approaches stifle creativity and breeds a conundrum of fallible expectations. As diversified as we are in our personalities, language, and cultures, the same diversity lends itself to the ways we think, respond, and learn.


It is time that we call attention to the fundametal restructuring that we are a community of learners, and that everyone matters. When we seize this restructuring, we will unleash the potential of children and individuals, thereby assuring their future prosperity.



Christopher A. Gates

19821 NE 2nd Avenue (Suite 128)

Miami Gardens, Florida 33169

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•    Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

     (Academic Honors for the nations top 10% of Colleges and Universities)

•    National Honor Society - Highest Honors Member

•    National Education Association

•    AmeriCorps VISTA Member (Corp. for National & Community Service)

•    American Federation of Teachers

•    Florida Education Association

•    Florida Senate District 38 Education and Civic Engagement Task Force

•    Florida Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem

•    Catalyst Miami Community Leadership Council

•    Broward Health Kinship Cares Initiative Advisory Board

•    Broward County Public Schools Black Male Task Force Ambassador

•    National Black Child Development Institute

•    Broward County Public School Youth Mentoring Programs Mentor

•   Innovative Programming Development:    

             I. Architect of the Minority Success Academy (MSA) Instructional Design & Model. The MSA strengthens the alignment between early childcare providers and

                elementary schools in the Dillard Innovation Zone, through enhanced principal leadership, quality professional development, and family engagement.


            II. Developed the Professional Pathways Innovation Configuration for the Minority Success Teacher Academy (MSTA). The MSTA   Professional Pathway is a

                 credentialing program for Educators with a robust set of courses and Graduate Level courses with an emphases on Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry.


           III. Developed the Minority Success Academy Early Years Program (MSA-EYP) Partnership collaborative with Zone-Based partnerships for Early Childcare

                 Providers, embedding technology tools and resources, professional staff development to lessen the Kindergarten Readiness Gap. Pathway is a credentialing

                 program for Educators with a robust set of courses and Graduate Level courses with an emphases on Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry.


•    Vocational Supervisor (Developmental Disabilities):    

Management of programming and implementation of educational plan for adults with mental, developmental, and physical disabilities in preparation for future employment. Evaluated vocational instructional methodologies and strategies, Educational Plan goals, and assessed program goals and residential living.


•   Microsoft Peer Coaching Program - Broward School District Teaching and Technology Coaching Initiative (T2CI):

Appointed and trained by Microsoft as an Instructional Technology Coach. This initiative was developed to provide timely, effective staff development to teachers through Peer Coaches to enrich and enhance standards-based instruction through engaged learning and technology integration. Training Responsibilities: (Planning, coordination of inservice, technical assistance):


- Develop and facilitate engaging differentiated (learner-centered) training solutions for various BCPS staff

- Coordinate delivery of training programs and activities based on identified competencies, technical skills, and independent staff/group needs.

- Monitor implementation and evaluate multiple training programs.

- Participate in training programs offered to enhance individual and organizational proficiency.


•    Broward County Public Schools Digital Classroom Platform Leadership Team:

Research on and evaluation of various vendor platforms to move to Broward Schools Strategic plan of moving to a digital learning platform that encompasses all features and components of the current resources, grade books, and online collaboration for Elementary, Middle, and High School, enhancing functionality on the student view and parent view as a single sign-on multi-functional user portal.


•    Broward County Public Schools Architecture Design:

Microsoft and Broward Schools ADS identified and developed a high level scope and timeline to establish a long term roadmap for a phased solution to meet the goals of Broward County Public Schools. Other architecture programs included the One-to-One Initiative, BEEP Portal Development (Learning Village).



•    Bachelor of Science (BS), Educational Studies (summa cum laude)

•    Master of Public Administration (MPA), with an emphasis in

     Government and Policy

•   Doctoral Student, Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (EdD),

    with an emphasis in Organizational Development


Professional Profile

Highlights of Experience

“Christopher  Gates’  special  knowledge  and  skills  have  touched  the  lives  of  many  young  minds, paving  the  way  for  a  promising  future.  He  is  one of an elite  group of  support  personnel.  I  honor his service and commitment to excellence in our public schools and local communities."

- Pamela Stewart, Fmr. Florida Commissioner of Education

“Christopher  Gates  represents the best  that  our  District  has to  offer  to  our  students.  He  embodies the  qualities  of  a  great  leader, mentor  and serves as a  role model  not  only  to  our  students,  but  to his colleagues as well.”

- Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, Broward County Public Schools

Professional Experience

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