About Me

Ms. Clare Gates

Hello English Students!

Welcome to my site! I joined SJHS in 2015. I earned my B.A. in English from Saint Vincent’s College with concentrations in literature and creative writing in December of 2011. I earned my M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University with a concentration in English Secondary Education in May of 2015. It is my sincere hope that you will come to love reading and writing as much as I do, for as Carl Sagan once said, "What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."