Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jared Gatewood, Assistant Principal

Mr. Gatewood was born and raised in Hamlet, North Carolina, and was a graduate of Richmond Senior High School in 2008.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he received his BA in Political Science and minored in History.  He then moved to Charlotte in 2015 to pursue a teaching career, beginning as a Social Studies teacher at Harding University High School with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  In 2018, he accepted a position with Union County Public Schools as a Social Studies teacher at Forest Hills.  Mr. Gatewood was also credited with teaching the first African-American Studies course in Union County Public Schools history, beginning in 2018. 

In 2019, Mr. Gatewood graduated with his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Wingate University and completed his administrative internship at Forest Hills.  He also served as interim Assistant Principal during the 2019-2020 school year.  He accepted an Assistant Principal position at Forest Hills High School in July, 2020.  Mr. Gatewood lives in Indian Land, South Carolina with his wife, Kimberly, who is an Associate Manager of Finance at the Association of International Certified Public Accountants, and daughter, Halle (1).  Mr. Gatewood is passionate about every student reaching their highest potential, and empowering them to be the best versions of themselves each day.  His motto, as it relates to educating students, is to “love them first, and teach them second.”