Meet the Principal

Mr. Howard Gatewood

Phone: 972-617-0066


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Howard Gatewood

Greetings and welcome to Red Oak Middle School!

I am filled with joy that you have chosen us to provide your child with their middle school education.

As principal I am committed to building a community of learners where students are provided engaging, meaningful instruction with high academic expectations.

ROMS provides unique opportunities such as the “Talon Time” period where we focus on student learning; exploring necessary interventions and enrichment.

Our students will learn. Our students will succeed. Our students will be cared for. Our students will be empowered to maximize their potential.

Student by student, standard by standard! The ROMS way!

Please contact me any time, as my door is always open.

Once a Hawk always a Hawk,

Howard Gatewood

Principal, Red Oak Middle School



Mr. Gatewood joins the Red Oak ISD team after serving as an assistant principal in Arlington ISD and previously serving as an assistant principal and teacher at Red Oak High School. Before that, he was a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps where he served proudly for 22 years.

Mr. Gatewood earned a master’s degree from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. He is presently working on his doctorate at Concordia University. His wife Desiree is a UNT administrator, and they have three children.