Last week, Gateway commemorated one of its former teachers, Evelyn McKenzie, by officially naming the central atrium of the school “The Evelyn McKenzie Atrium.” This airy, light-filled space spans the 5th and 6th floors and serves as a focal point for school activities and social gatherings.
After several years at Gateway working closely with former head of school Dr. Davida Sherwood, Ms. McKenzie established a private practice that reflected our school’s desire to truly understand each student as a learner, as well as our confidence in a student’s ability to overcome his or her challenges. In 2002, Gateway recognized Ms. McKenzie by naming our (now former) schoolhouse at 236 Second Avenue in her honor and endowing The Evelyn McKenzie Scholarship Fund. These efforts, as well as the naming of the atrium, were made possible by a generous gift from the Devlin Family Foundation. Ms. McKenzie passed away in 2014.