Match Community Day Team
AYERIM ALCANTARA I RECEPTIONIST
Mrs. Alcantara is originally from Dominican Republic, she moved to Boston and fell in love with the City. She has experience working as a receptionist and in professional businesses. She loves working with people. Mrs. Alcantara is married and has two beautiful girls. She has found Match Community Day to be the perfect match for education and families to blend into a successful and impacting community.
Laura Allen | Social Worker
Ms. Allen grew up in New Hampshire. She attended Simmons College where she earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology. After Simmons, she worked as a residential counselor in a group home for kids with social and emotional disabilities. She then earned her Master's degree in Social Work at Columbia University in New York City. Ms. Allen moved back to Boston and worked as a clinician in a therapeutic day school/residential treatment center for three years and then at a behavioral health clinic providing outpatient and in-home services to families and children. She is excited to work at Match this year and be part of the school community!
LARISSA ANDRADES | INCLUSION AIDE
Ms. Andrade was born and raised in Dorchester. She graduated from Brighton High School then went on to Pine Manor College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in English. She grew up being a big sister of three and this helped a lot with my career choice. She loves being helpful and being around the younger ones. Ms. Andrades started working with students in 2010 and since then it has been a part of my daily journey.
Mrs. Barthell, BS, RN was born and raised in Boston, MA. She received her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2010 then furthered her education and received her BS in Nursing in 2014 at Curry College. For the last 6 years she has worked within the community as a private duty pediatric home-care nurse, and worked 2 years as the school nurse at CHARMS Collaborative for students with special needs. She is also a poet and song writer who has performed live in a number of open mic nights across the city of Boston. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Ms. Bernard was born in New York City to two Dominican parents. She also lived in Pennsylvania where she completed her secondary education and later attended Penn State; where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is the first in her family to graduate from college! After graduating, she was off to Boston to join Match Corps XII, where she tutored scholars in grades 1- 4 in ELA and Math. She is very excited to be back at MCD as a K2 Associate Teacher and candidate for her Masters in Effective Teaching at the Sposato Graduate School of Education. Outside of school, you can catch Ms.Bernard taking dance classes, trying new things, watching comedy shows/ videos and practicing calligraphy.
katherine brea | K2 Teacher
Ms. Brea was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. After graduating from Bates, Ms. Brea joined Match Corps XII and the Match Teacher Residency program where she worked at Match Community Day as a Tutor. After one year of service, Ms. Brea joined the MCD staff and will be a K2 Teacher. She is thrilled to be working with the amazing staff and scholars.
Connie Casado | K1 Paraprofessional
Ms. Casado was born in Boston and raised in Miami. She is majoring in Early Childhood Education and expecting to graduate this year. Ms. Casado has been working in early childhood for the past three years as a lead Toddler-Preschool teacher. She will be working closely in Ms. Meltaus's K1 classroom as a paraprofessional and is excited to learn in an Elementary school setting. Ms. Casado can't wait to watch the children grow and learn as they strengthen their emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills.
KathErine Christopher | Inclusion Aide
Ms. Christopher is from Washington Heights but has been in Boston for 12 years. Her parents are Dominican, and she only speaks Spanish at home. She graduated from Match High School, and has a lot of experience working with youth from ages 5-21. Ms.Katherine is very excited to be a part of the MCD community as an Inclusion Aide for K2. She loves relaxing and spending time with her close friends as well as exploring.
amy cole i 4TH GRADE TEACHER
Ms. Cole is from Chicago, Illinois and holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Education from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining MCD, she was a member of the Teach For America corps in Charlotte, North Carolina. After teaching in Charlotte, Ms. Cole taught 3rd grade at Aspire Triumph Charter School in Oakland, California. She is very excited to continue her teaching career at Match Community Day! Ms. Cole spends her free time reading, baking, and traveling.
Ms. Connor is from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Boston College and is working toward her Master's Degree in Effective Teaching from the Sposato Graduate School of Education. Ms. Connor began her career at Match Community Day teaching first grade and tutoring grades 1-4. She spends her free time reading, running, and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Connor is excited to learn from such a highly skilled group of teachers this year!
Megan Delaney | K1 Teacher
Ms. Delaney was born and raised in Boston, MA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and is working towards her Master’s degree in Effective Teaching. Ms. Delaney began her career at Match Community Day as a Match Teacher Resident, teaching in K2 and tutoring scholars in 1st and 2nd grade. Ms. Delaney enjoys working collaboratively with colleagues and staying active in her free time. She loves to read and spend time with family and friends.
SHELBY DERISSAINT | THERAPIST
Ms. Derissaint grew up in Boston, MA. She got her undergraduate degree in Pre-Law/Legal Studies. She decided to pursue her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College. She then worked for many years in a charter school where she was privileged to serve children and families from diverse backgrounds. She does continuous work with orphanages in Haiti, and enjoys doing serve projects all around the world. Besides spending time with family and friends, she also likes to cook, host, decorate, read, and travel. Ms. Derissaint is excited to work with the scholars at MCD!
SAM DUFFY-PROTENTIS I ASSOCIATE TEACHER
Mr. Duffy grew up in Easton, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Connecticut where he received his bachelor's degree in Political Science. After college, Mr. Duffy served for two years with City Year Boston at the Channing Elementary School and at the Chittick Elementary School. Mr. Duffy is super excited to join the MCD Team! In his free time, Mr. Duffy enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, and running.
Judith Estime | dIRECTOR of culture
Ms. Estime grew up in Boston and loves everything about the city, most importantly the kids. She attended Simmons College. Before joining the Match Community Day faculty team, Ms. Estime was a member of Match Corps 8 at Match Community Day and a member of the Match Teacher Residency (Cohort 4). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, and cooking.
sonia Figueroa | FRONT DESK MANAGER
Ms. Figueroa was born and raised in Boston, MA. She received her Associates Degree in Health Career in 2011 then decided to further her education, and is currently enroll at Northeastern University where she is expected to receive her Bachelors of Science in health science in December 2017. For the last 16 years she has worked within the health community and closely with the Hispanic Community at the following locations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center and Latin American Health Institute. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and two children.
ALISON GAGNE I 2ND GRADE TEACHER
Ms. Gagne grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her B.A. in Communications. After working in corporate communications outside of New York City, Ms. Gagne joined Teach for America and taught second grade in Eastern North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Gagne recently moved to Boston and is excited to explore the city and join the MCD team!
Jennifer Glynn | 4TH Grade Teacher
Ms. Glynn is a native New Yorker and proud graduate of Northeastern University, where she studied Psychology and Elementary Education. After graduation, she joined the 2012 Teach for America Corps in Chicago, IL where she taught third grade for two years. Ms. Glynn is thrilled to be back at Match for her third year in fourth grade and is looking forward to continuing to work with her incredible scholars, families, and the entire MCD community. When not at school, she likes to spend time with family and friends, read, exercise (especially yoga!), cook, and explore Boston on foot.
YASMIN GONZALEZ I ASSOCIATE TEACHER
Ms.Gonzalez grew up in New York and moved to Boston six months ago. She attended Mercy College where she received her Bachelor in Psychology. Ms.Gonzalez first joined our Match family as an individual aide and is now happily and Associate teacher for first grade. She has been working with children of all ages for many years in both after school and summer camp programs. During her free time Ms.Gonzalez enjoys going out shopping as well as exploring new restaurants.
Jocelyn Goodwin | English learners director
Before becoming Assistant Principal, Ms. Goodwin was the Language and Literacy Director at MCD. Prior to this, she taught for 11 years spanning many grade levels, including K-4 Special Education, Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, and most recently Second Grade. She began her teaching career with the Merrimack Valley YMCA where she taught for 2 years. She then continued teaching in the Lawrence Public Schools for 3 more years. After moving to NYC, Jocelyn taught at Excellence Boys in Brooklyn, NY for 4 years, which is part of Uncommon Schools. When she moved back to Boston, she helped found Match Community Day. She taught for Match for 2 years before moving out of the classroom. Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders (Speech Language Pathology & Audiology) from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Language and Literacy Education (Reading Specialist Program) from Wheelock College. In her spare time, she is a licensed Zumba Instructor who teaches Zumba for adults and Zumba Kids/Kids Jr. to EVERY scholar at her school. She also dances on a dance team in Boston called “Boston Touch.” This dance team performs bachata, a popular dance from the Dominican Republic, at many local venues.
Anita Handy | DANCE TEACHER
Ms. Handy was born and raised in Boston, MA. She attended Anna Maria College where she studied Human Services. Ms. Handy has worked with children from infancy to adolescence. Ms. Handy has always had a passion for mental health and will soon start her journey to become a licensed mental health counselor. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, dancing and most of all spending time with her children.
megan hassey i 2nd grade teacher
Ms. Hassey was born in Boston, MA and raised in Cincinnati, OH. She received her bachelor's degree in Athropology with a minor in Education from Colby College. She is currently working toward her Master's Degree in Effective Teaching from the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. In her free time, Ms. Hassey loves to play soccer, go hiking, listen to music and spend time with her family and friends. She is so excited to work with MCD's amazing scholars and passionate educators!
RYAN HEBEL I ASSOCIATE TEACHER
Mr. Hebel grew up in a small town near Green Bay. He graduated the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Political Science and Journalism, then worked as a TV producer before drastically altering his path. He started volunteering at local schools and enjoyed it so much he quit his job and spent the next three years teaching 3rd and 4th graders at a bilingual school in rural Honduras. The blistering heat and constant dust wasn't enough to smother the inspiration he found every day watching his students and their families thrive despite tremendous challenges. The experience gave him new perspectives on privilege, culture, and education. It also made him want to learn how to be a better teacher. He's excited about his move to Boston and thrilled to be an Associate Teacher at the Match Community Day School. In his free time he enjoys biking, baking tons of bread, camping, and being obsessed with educational YouTube channels.
ALLISON HOLCOMBE I DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ms. Holcombe is returning this year, to Match Community Day, after spending last year working with the national non-profit City Year. She originally joined the Match community as a member of the high school Match Coprs IX in 2012 and subsequently worked as an Operations Manager with MCD for two years. She is excited to be joining the MCD team again and looks forward to an exciting year in the beautiful new building!
MATTHEW HOLT I 4TH GRADE TEACHER
Mr. Holt grew up in Portsmouth, England. He attended Trinity College Dublin where he earned an undergraduate degree in history. After Trinity, he completed a law conversion course at BPP Law School in London and then a post graduate degree in Primary Teaching at the Institute of Education, University College London. After attaining his teaching qualifications he worked as a class teacher in high performing elementary schools in both Hackney and Westminster, London. He has moved to Boston this year and is excited to work at Match and be part of the school community!
SHELBY HOLT I K2 TEACHER
Mrs Holt grew up in Massachusetts and attended Boston College, Trinity College Dublin and Harvard Graduate School of Education (she loves learning!). She is a passionate early childhood educator who has worked in a variety of settings. She began her career working in Head Start and student-teaching throughout Boston & Milton Public Schools. After obtaining a Masters of Education, Mrs Holt moved to Brooklyn, NY and taught for 3 years at Excellence Boys’ Charter School. This summer, Mrs Holt moved back to Massachusetts from London, England where she taught and led for 5 years at King Solomon Academy. She loves to travel, being outside, cooking and running. Most of all, Mrs Holt loves to explore the world collecting interesting objects and resources for her classroom! She is excited to be a part of the MCD team.
Dana Ingall | 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Ingall is from Dallas, Texas and attended the University of Michigan. She completed her graduate degree in Elementary Education from Wilmington University. She was part of the 2011 Teach for America Corps in Delaware and also taught in Harlem. She loves being a third grade teacher and feels fortunate to work with such incredible scholars and colleagues.
STACEY JOHNSON I ASSOCIATE TEACHER
Ms. Johnson is originally from Tuscumbia, Alabama and received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with and Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of North Alabama. She spent the last year as an English tutor in Match Corps XII at Match Middle. This year she working on her masters degree from the Charlie Sposato Graduate School of Education. She is super excited to be working as an Associate Teacher this year at Match Community Day
Laura Kohler | DIRECTOR OF academic resources
Ms. Kohler grew up in Seattle, WA and studied Human Development and Inequalities Studies at Cornell University. Following her passion for teaching, she then joined Teach for America in Arizona where she taught special education and earned a Masters in Special Education. Next, Ms. Kohler traveled to NYC to obtain a Master's in Psychological Counseling at Columbia Teachers College. She is extremely excited to continue her work with scholars and families at Match Community Day.
Nola Kosowsky | assistant principal
Ms. Kosowsky grew up in a small town in mid-coast Maine and graduated from Wellesley College. She has spent the last three years teaching Kindergarten in rural Louisiana. She is very excited to live in Boston again and to be closer to family! When not teaching, Ms. Kosowsky enjoys running, swimming, spending time with friends and family, and cooking.
Nicole LaConte | match corps director
Ms. LaConte is beyond excited to join the team at MCD as the Tutorial Program Manager! Before coming to Match, Ms. LaConte worked for Teach for America in Rhode Island and New York City. In this role, Ms. LaConte served as a teacher-trainer, coach, and mentor for over 100 first- and second-year teachers. Previously, she taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Blackstone Valley Prep, where she really loved doing science experiments with her students! Originally from Swampscott, Massachusetts, Ms. LaConte attended Connecticut College. She also enjoys running, singing, and spending time with her two younger sisters, who are also teachers.
DANIELLE LANGLIER I ACADEMIC RESOURCES TEACHER
Ms Langelier is very excited to be joining the Dream Team at Match Community Day this year! After growing up in Massachusetts, she left to study Elementary and Inclusive Education at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. After graduating, she moved to Chicago, Illinois where she taught for five years at the UCSN Soccer Academy Charter Public School. While Chicago was an amazing city, she was beginning to miss her family back East, and luckily found MCD. In her free time, Ms. Langelier enjoys exploring, reading, and riding horses.
Yeji Lee | academic resources Teacher
Ms. Lee was born in Korea but spent most of her life in New York before attending Boston College. Upon graduating, she began her career in education as a Teach For America Corps member in Chicago. Through this experience, she developed a true joy and passion for working with students to help them see and meet their highest potential. In her free time, she likes to explore the best coffee shops in town, read travel blogs, and go for long walks on the beach.
ALLISON LONGO I INCLUSION AIDE
Ms. Longo was born and raised in New Jersey, but fell in love with New England when she attended the University of Rhode Island. She received her Bachelor of Arts there with a double major in Elementary Education and Psychology. Next, Ms. Longo taught second grade for five years at a private school in Brookline, Massachusetts and later third grade at a charter school in Roslindale, Massachusetts. She is currently in a Master’s Program of School Guidance Counseling at Cambridge College. She is extremely excited to continue to work with scholars at Match Community Day.
JR Mannetta | DEAN of students
Mr. Mannetta is now in his second year at Match Community Day School. He previously served as a tutor for K1 and K2 scholars and as a K2 inclusion aid. He was born in Boston and has lived his entire life in Massachusetts. Mr. Mannetta received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University with a concentration in American Literature.
ALEXANDRA MARSH I INCLUSION AIDE
Tanera Martin-Williams | k1 Paraprofessional
Ms. Martin is a paraprofessional who will work closely with Ms. B is the K1 classroom. She attended MATCH High School and graduated in 2010. After graduating, she worked with toddlers and preschoolers in a daycare center. Ms. Martin had her own preschool classroom for three years, so she is super excited to work with K1 students. She is a new mom to a 3 month old.
Nora McCormack | 1st Grade Teacher
Ms. McCormack holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Syracuse University and a Masters in Education from Concordia University. Before joining MCD, Ms. McCormack taught second and third grade at charter schools in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY. Ms. McCormack has a love for reading that she hopes to instill in every scholar she teaches. When she's not in the classroom, Ms. McCormack also enjoys cooking, walking her dog and learning new things.
RondeLl McNeill | Inclusion Aide
Mr. McNeill is from the great state of Maryland. Mr. McNeill graduated college with degrees in both Human Services and Elementary Education. Mr. McNeill has been an ELA teacher for a high school in Arlington as well as summer schools in both Boston (elementary) and Cambridge (middle school). Mr. McNeill also has experience working with Special Needs students ranging from pre-school to high school and Mr. McNeill is fluent in American Sign Language. Mr. McNeill loves working with young people and prides himself on making sure that all scholars achieve their goals this upcoming school year. Mr. McNeill is very excited to began the school year and also being a part of the wonderful team here at MCD.
TATIANA MEDINA-BARRETO | ASSOCIATE teacher
Born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Ms. Medina-Barreto is a Boston native. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. Ms. Medina-Barreto is thrilled to be an Associate Teacher this year at Match Community Day and is looking forward to contributing to a community that both recognizes and supports the needs of low-income children. She spends her free time with loved ones, traveling, and baking.
Katya Meltaus | K1 Teacher
Ms. Meltaus is a K1 teacher at MCD. She is in her second year of the Charles Sposato Graduate School Program. Ms. Meltaus grew up outside of Boston and attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where she majored in Educational Studies and minored in Philosophy. When she is not at school, Ms. Meltaus enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, singing, and reading.
KATELYN MENCKE I K2 TEACHER
Ms. Mencke is a native Floridian and a graduate of THE Florida State University, where she studied Early Childhood Education and Childhood Development. After graduation, she joined the Match Corps as a Kindergarten in class tutor. Ms. Mencke is so excited to be back at Match as a lead teacher in a K2 classroom. When not at school, she likes to spend time traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading (books other than K2 level!), running, baking, and spending every Saturday during the College Football season cheering on her Alma Mater!
ELIZABETH MONDRAGON I 1ST GRADE TEACHER
Ms. Mondragon was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She attended Davidson College, in North Carolina where she finished her bachelor's degree in political science and anthropology. While at Davidson, she grew to love teaching and education while volunteering as a tutor for 1st through 3rd grade. After graduation, she began her career in education as a Match Teacher Resident, tutoring scholars in first and second grade. During her second year as a Match Teacher Resident, Ms. Mondragon taught second grade in Lawrence, MA. She is extremely excited to be back at Match Community Day to teach first grade!
Sarema Monroe | K1 Paraprofessional
Ms. Monroe was born and raised in Boston. She is a Match High School alum. She has a passion for two things children and cooking, but working with children is her true calling in life. She is super excited to be joining the K1 team this year as a paraprofessional in Mrs. Nunez's K1 class. She wants to make a difference and impact on every little smile she meets everyday being apart of the MCD family. She is also the mother of one beautiful little girl named Nahla. Nahla single handedly will be the very reason she handles each and every one of the scholars with unconditional love,care, and understanding.
Nafeesha Moore | 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Moore was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where she attended Pine Manor College. She has worked in education for ten years as an elementary teacher. She enjoys working with children of all ages inside and outside of the classroom. She is so excited to be a part of MATCH Community Day community this year.
JENNIFER MULLEN I ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Katharine Needham | Principal
Ms. Needham holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in anthropology, a Masters degree in Education from the University of New Orleans, and is a certified literacy specialist. Before joining Match Community Day, she was a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans, Louisiana. She taught second grade for three years at Andrew Wilson Charter School, and first grade for two years at Success Preparatory Academy. Last year, Ms. Needham completed the Lynch Leadership Academy Fellowship at Boston College, and is working towards a Masters degree in Educational Leadership as an extension of the program. She was also formerly a Corps Member Adviser at Teach For America's summer institute, and a seminar leader for The New Teacher Project.
Heather Noble | academic resources teacher
Ms. Noble grew up in New Jersey and attended Smith College for her undergraduate degree. She later attended Lesley University in Cambridge, earning a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning. During this time she taught preschool at a small private center in Brookline. Last year she worked in the Boston Public Schools in second grade. This is her first year with Match and she is very excited to be working with such an amazing group of kids and teachers!
Nancy Nunez | K1 Teacher
This is Ms. Nunez's second year at Match Community Day School as a K1 teacher. She was born and raised in our wonderful city of Boston, MA. She did her undergrad at Wheelock College, studying Early Childhood Education, as well as Psychology. She loved Wheelock so much that she decided to stay and get her masters in Early Childhood Education and ELL. She graduated in 2012. For the past three years she has been working in Brookline Public schools in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.When she's not in the classroom, she enjoys being outside, taking long walks or going to the beach!
Keith Pernell | physical education Teacher
Mr. Pernell grew up in Plainville, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Connecticut where he majored in Sociology with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies in 2009. During his summers, Mr. Pernell worked for Umass Boston Upward Bound, teaching a social justice in hip hop curriculum to high school students. After graduating from UConn, he served for two years as an AmeriCorps member. During his first year of service Mr. Pernell organized community service learning projects with the Dorchester Youth Council. He then served for a non-profit organization called Playworks Metro Boston, helping to build students social skills and fitness through games. Mr. Pernell had been working for Playworks for three years before joining the Match Community Day team for the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Pernell's interests include further enhancing his "Social Justice in Hip Hop" curriculum, sports, sleep, and reading.
ROSA QUINONES I THERAPIST
aSHLEe raposa I 1ST GRADE TEACHER
Ms. Raposa is from Warren, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. After graduating from Stonehill, she joined the Match Corps XII and the Teacher Residency program where she tutored scholars at MCD. Ms. Raposa is thrilled to be returning to Match Community Day as a G1 teacher! Outside of school, Ms. Raposa loves going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends!
RACHEL RAVELO I ACADEMIC RESOURCES TEACHER
Ms. Ravelo is originally from San Diego, CA. She attended the College of the Holy Cross for her Bachelor's Degree and Boston University for her Masters Degree in Education. This is Ms. Ravelo's fourth year teaching K1 and K2 Special Education, and her second year with MATCH. She began her career in Lawrence, MA, teaching through Teach for America. When not teaching our amazing scholars, Ms. Ravelo enjoys exploring our amazing city and going on runs.
Tatiana Roll | early childhood director
Ms. Roll is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors' in Elementary Education. She then attended Boston College where she earned a Masters of Education in Early Childhood. Ms. Roll has taught in New Jersey, Washington DC and Boston. Each teaching experience has helped her love of education grow and mature. Outside of her teaching life Ms. Roll enjoys the beach, art, reading and being with friends and family!
Maggie Roth | 2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Roth comes to MCD from Brooklyn, New York, where she taught first grade at a charter school for three years. Before that, she worked in fifth and second grade classrooms in Central Falls, Rhode Island and Providence, Rhode Island as part of her graduate work. Ms. Roth received her B.A. from Amherst College and her M.A.T. from Brown University. Outside of school, Ms. Roth loves to read, do yoga, and cook!
Cheryl Ruggiero I ACADEMIC RESOURCES TEACHER
Ms. Ruggiero was born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley. She attended the College of Saint Rose where she received a BS in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. After graduation, she moved to Boston and joined the Match Corps at MCD and completed her Master's in Effective Teaching at the Charles Graduate School of Education. For the past three years, Ms. Ruggiero has taught 2nd grade in Lawrence, MA. She is very excited to return to MCD and work with her once K1 students! In her free time, Ms. Ruggiero loves cooking, spending time with her friends and family, reading, swimming, and Zumba.
Madelyn Ruizdeporras | Operations Manager
Ms. Ruizdeporras grew up in Jamaica Plain. Although originally from New York, she is a HUGE Boston Sports fan. She has a passion for working with urban city kids. She has 3 children of her own, one who is currently enrolled in a charter school. She is EMT certified from Boston EMS. Before joining the Match Community Day team, she worked for 6 years at Blue Cross & Blue Shield Health Insurance as a Case Registrar.
Dan Silver | 3rd Grade Teacher
Mr. Silver is originally from Pasadena, CA, and came back east for college. After graduating Williams College in western Massachusetts, Mr. Silver joined the Match Teacher Residency program at Match Community Day School, where he worked as a tutor and student teacher for one year. After his year of residency, he joined the MCD teaching staff as a 3rd grade teacher. He is delighted to be working with MCD scholars in such a positive, solutions-driven community.
Luisa Sparrow | academic resources Teacher
Ms. Sparrow grew up in Ithaca, NY and studied Human Development at Cornell University. In 2005, Ms. Sparrow joined the Rio Grande Valley corps of Teach For America and taught elementary school in Texas and Costa Rica for six years. Ms. Sparrow then moved to Delaware to be an instructional coach with Teach For America for two years. She moved to Boston last year to earn her Master's in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Sparrow is very excited to be back in the classroom this year.
Hannah Staiger | 1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Staiger is a first grade teacher at MCD. After graduating from Middlebury College, where she studied math and education, Ms. Staiger enrolled in the Charles Sposato Graduate School Program and became a tutor at MCD. She is currently in her second year of a masters program and anticipates to graduate in 2016 with a masters in Effective Teaching. She is very excited to continue working with the scholars and families of MCD.
KENT STRADER I 3RD GRADE TEACHER
Kent Strader joins the Match Community Day team as a third grade teacher from Washington DC. Before coming to Match, Kent taught K-3 students, wrote curriculum, and coached teachers at DC Prep Benning Elementary. Previously, he taught 1st and 3rd grade McDonogh #32 Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana where he also tutored students in remediation programs and coached the boys’ middle school basketball team after school. Kent earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and was a recipient of the University of Manchester Leadership Award for his research and work with nonprofit organizations in Manchester, England.
VANESSA TABUTEAU I K2 TEACHER
Ms. Tabuteau is filled with excitement, as she will be joining Match Community Day School as a K2 teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Before joining the MCD community, Ms. Tabuteau earned her B.S. in Mathematics Education and Master of Education at the University of New Hampshire. Her passion for teaching and strong commitment to ensuring that each child is able to reach their highest potential, has lead to her decision of moving back to her hometown of Boston. During her free time, Ms. Tabuteau enjoys traveling, trying new things and spending time with family and friends.
DANIELLE WALKER I INCLUSION AIDE
Leeta White | Speech & Language Pathologist
Ms. White is from Annapolis, Maryland but has been living in Boston since 2001, where she moved after living and working in Sweden for two years. Ms. White received her Master's of Science in Communication Disorders at Emerson College in 2013 and completed her clinical fellowship at Match Community Day School during the 2013-2014 school year. When not helping scholars improve their communication, Ms. White performs in local musical theater productions and is one belt away from receiving her Black Belt in Taekwondo. She is a proud cat mom to her amazing, toilet-using cat Finley.
SEAN WILLIAMS I INCLUSION AIDE
LARRY WYNN I ART TEACHER
Mr. Wynn was born and raised in Boston, Ma; specifically Mattapan, Ma. He received his Bachelor's degree at Wheelock College studying Counseling Psychology and Visual Arts. Later, he decided to pursue his Master’s in Teaching at Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Before joining Match Community Day, he worked in BPS as a visual arts teacher. He has also worked with many Boston based arts organizations such as 'Violence Transformed', Wheelock College's Ubuntu Arts, Wall 2 Wall Community Arts program in Cambridge, and many other in Boston. His hope is to bring the arts to his community, and give scholars the opportunity to see the world through a creative lens.