Match Community Day Team


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Laura Allen I Director of Social Emotional Learning

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!


Claudia Amador I Associate Teacher


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Sydney Anchor I Associate Teacher

Ms. Anchor is originally from Rockville, Maryland and studied Neuroscience at the University of Mississippi. She is looking forward to building relationships with everyone in the Match community. She enjoys listening to music, trying new outdoor activities, and eating really good food. Prior to coming to Match she worked with BPS students through the AmeriCorps program City Year.


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Larissa Andrade I Special Education Teacher

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. Andrade started working with students in 2010 and since then it has been a part of my daily journey. 


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Emily Banta I Assistant Principal

Ms. Banta grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts. She attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC and studied English and Spanish. In college, Ms. Banta fell in love with teaching while working as an in-home English as a Second Language tutor. She pursued education-related summer internships (including one at Match) and ultimately joined Teach for America in 2011. She's excited to work with a group of educators committed to ensuring the highest educational outcomes for students. In her free time, Ms. Banta enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to live music, and exercising.


Jaronica Barbosa I Inclusion Aide


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Chanel Barros I Inclusion Aide

Ms. Barros was born and raised in Boston. She attended Urban college where she studied Early Childhood Education. She is looking forward to building relationships with her students and colleagues. In her free time, she likes to research and hang out with family and friends. Prior to Match she was working with toddlers in a daycare center.


Jennifer Barthelmy I Inclusion Aide


Samantha Bracy I Director of Special Education

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Ms. Bracy grew up in, and still live in, Winthrop, Massachusetts. She went to Northeastern University and studied Elementary Education and Psychology (Bachelor's), Special Education (Masters); and Bridgewater State for Reading (CAGS). In high school, she volunteered in a classroom for students with severe disabilities.  This opportunity solidified her love for teaching special education. She is looking forward to connecting with all of the students, families, and faculty at Match. She spends her free time with my husband and three children. We live near the beach, and love spending time there.


Katherine Brea I 1st Grade 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.


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Shanika Bridges-King I 5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Bridges-King was born and raised in Boston. She studied Sociology and Education at Bryn Mawr College. She strongly believes that education is a tool to help low-income communities defeat poverty and succeed as leaders in society. With the support of strong educational allies, all families will succeed in fulfilling their dreams and achieving their endeavors. Ms. Bridges-King is looking forward to joining a rich cultivating culture of educators and excited to work on a strong collaborative team to help educate all students adequately. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her toddler. She enjoys reading and exploring nature.


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Jean-Robert Cadet I K1 Paraprofessional

Mr. Cadet was born and raised in Boston. He grew up in Hyde Park. He attended Salem State University and studied Sports Movement Science. He is looking forward to being an effective team member and team player at Match! In his free time he likes to walk his dog, cut hair, travel, and learn new things.


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Connie Casado I 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. Ms. Casado can't wait to watch the children grow and learn as they strengthen their emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills.


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Devon Casey I Occupational Therapist

Ms. Casey was born and raised in Massachusetts. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. Ms. Casey is looking forward to becoming part of the Match community! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and running. Prior to Match, she worked in school and outpatient pediatric settings.


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Deborah Cooper I K2 Teacher

Ms. Cooper is from Boston. She majored in East Asian Studies and International Global Studies at Brandeis University. She decided to work in education sector because she believe that it only takes one person to make a difference and the difference she chooses to make starts in the classroom. She also believes that there is nothing impossible for scholars to achieve. She knew she wanted to teach since her days as as a camp counselor. She has also worked as a nanny and a full-time tutor. Before Match, she taught kindergarten at an elementary school in Arizona. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, and working out.


Elaini Daigle I Special Education Teacher


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Courtney Dumais I Associate Teacher

Ms. Dumais grew up in Billerica, outside of Boston, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Boston University. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone and connecting with students. She likes to spend time outdoors, try new foods, and paint. She previously worked in Colombia, South America for two years teaching English.


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Sam Duffy-Protentis I 4th Grade 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.


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Joshua Ernst I 2nd Grade Teacher

Mr. Ernst grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Springfield College, where he obtained a degree in Journalism. He is looking forward to building relationships with students and families. In his free time, he enjoys staying active, reading, camping, hiking and spending time with his dog. Before Match, he taught at a public charter school in Memphis, Tennessee.


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Megan Evans I Arts Teacher

Ms. Evans was born and raised in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Tyler  where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She is looking forward to creating engaging STEAM opportunities through art. In her free time, she likes to garden and travel around the world. Prior to Match she was an Elementary Educator at CSUSA Schools in Miami Florida.


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Lody Friedman I Special Education Teacher

Ms. Friedman is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Friedman joined the Match Corps XIII and Match Teacher Residency at MCD, where she tutored grades 2-4 and worked in 2nd grade. She has always believed that quality education can change lives, and she is so excited to continue to see the amazing MCD scholars grow and learn. Before that, she worked in an elementary school back home in Philly. She loves spending time with her family, baking, arts & crafts, running, and watching Philadelphia sports.


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Sarah Gilbert I K1 Teacher

Mrs. Gilbert grew up in Haverhill, MA. She attended Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. While at Eastern University,  she double majored in Anthropology and Humanitarian Studies, and minored in Social Work. Throughout college, she worked as a nanny to children ranging from ages 1 through 14. She became a teacher because she believes there is nothing better than helping a child learn and grow. She is looking forward to looking forward to helping scholars explore new subjects and seeing them succeed. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also loves relaxing activities such as yoga, going to the beach, reading, and cooking!


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Jennifer Glynn I 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.


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Samantha Goldsmith I Associate Teacher

Ms. Goldsmith grew up in Riverside, Illinois. She attended Tufts University and studied Archaeology and Classical Studies with a minor in English. She is looking forward to meeting and learning from the students. She enjoys dancing and writing.


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Ashley Hamilton I Associate Teacher

Ms. Hamilton grew up in the lovely city of Cambridge, MA. She attended Pine Manor College where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education/Psychology. She is looking forward to working with a team who is committed to ensure their students excel. In her free time she likes to cook, play basketball, and spend time with her family.


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Nicole Hennessy I Inclusion Aide

Miss Hennessy grew up in Lunenburg Massachusetts. She attended Worcester State University and received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Sociology. She is looking forward to making a positive impact and inspiring students. In her free time she likes to hike, play soccer, skiing, and go camping.


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Gail Herman I Speech & Language Pathologist

Ms. Herman grew up on Martha's Vineyard before earning her bachelor's at the University of Connecticut. She earned her Master's in Communication Disorders from UMass Amherst. She is looking forward to joining the Match community and learning from her students! In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, stay active, play golf, and read. Before Match, she worked with K-8 students on Martha's Vineyard.


Ashley Hodges-Simmons I Inclusion Aide

Ms. Hodges was born and raised in Boston, MA. She went to Simmons University and graduated with a major in Psychology and minor is Sociology & Public Health. She is looking forward to working with her student and getting to know the school. She likes to socialize with friends, goto the beach, travel and watch old movies. Prior to Match, she worked as a direct care counselor.


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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 Corps 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!


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Heather Holcombe I Director of Reading Intervention

Ms. Holcombe 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!


David Holmes I Science Teacher

Mr. Holmes grew up in Easton, Massachusetts. He attended Bridgewater State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Effective Teaching. He is extremely excited to be a part of the community at Match! He wanted to become a teacher so he could help the scholars learn and develop. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Holmes worked as a sports performance coach. He has also been coaching baseball for an AAU program for the past three years. In his free time, Mr. Holmes enjoys playing sports, watching sports, and hanging out with friends and family.


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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.


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Kirsten Hunkapiller I 1st & 2nd Grade Science Teacher

Ms. Hunkapiller was born and grew up in Germany. When she was studying translation at FASK Germersheim, Germany, she had the opportunity to visit Tennessee for cultural studies, where she fell in love with teaching! While taking a teaching graduate course in Tennessee, she taught English to refugees of all ages and German to some of her friends. She is looking forward to joining the Match team this year, getting to know her students, and their families, and of course sparking their interest in Science! In my free time, I love to play with my 2-year-old son, read books, listen to Audiobooks, bake and ski.


Sarah Hyman-Casilli I Social Worker

Ms. Casilli was born in Boston and grew up in Jamaica Plain. She attended Simmons College where she received a BA in Human Services and Education and a Minor in Spanish. There she also earned a Masters in Social Work. She decided to become a social worker in order to help children progress academically while also balancing their social/emotional needs. Ms. Casilli has has experience working with children and families in both a hospital setting and at a community health center in Boston. She was inspired to work in a school-based setting because both her parents were public school teachers. She believes Match fosters a positive learning environment and takes a holistic approach to working with children. Ms. Casilli enjoys running, swimming, hiking and practicing yoga in her spare time.


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Dana Ingall I 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.


Rowena Jimenez I Associate Teacher


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Jessica Johnson I Special Education Teacher

Ms. Johnson is originally from Jamaica, West Indies. At the age of 5, she and her family immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Union College in Schenectady, New York where she double majored in Political Science and French. She decided to teach because she believes that it is one of the most effective ways to change the narratives within our nation. She looks forward to learning from and contributing to the Match community. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, catching up with friends and family, volunteering at her church, and reading.


Stacey Johnson I 5th Grade 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 Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. She is super excited to be working as an Associate Teacher this year at Match Community Day.


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Lisette Kelly I Paraprofessional

Ms. Kelly was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She graduated with her Associate Degree in early childhood education at Urban College of Boston. She is looking forward to gaining more school experience and is working towards becoming a teacher in the future. In her free time, she likes to exercise, read and dance. She previously worked at ABCD Head Start in South Boston.


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Karin Klenk I K2 & 1st Grade Science Teacher

Miss. Klenk grew up in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. She attended the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Miss. Klenk is excited and eager to be working in a new school with new scholars. She chose to teach to mold young minds and create a better world for our future. Prior to Match, Miss. Klenk was a building substitute at a school in Connecticut. Some of her hobbies are photography, golf, reading and hiking.


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Tracey Koch I 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Koch is from Albany, New York. She attended Hartwick College where she studied Childhood Education and Sociology. Afterwards, she obtained her Master's in Literacy, Birth-6th, from SUNY Albany. She is looking forward to meeting and working with new students and staff. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach and reading. 


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Nola Kosowsky I 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.


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Allyson LaConte I 4th Grade Teacher

Ms. LaConte grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts. She attended Boston College, where she obtained a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. LaConte decided to be a teacher because she wanted to empower students to make a difference in the world. She is most looking forward to connecting with the passionate students and faculty at Match this year.In her free time, Ms. LaConte loves dancing, running, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends!


Nicole LaConte I Science Teacher

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.


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Jocelyn Lee I Director of Language Acquisition

Mrs. Lee  has 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. When she moved back to Boston, she helped found Match Community Day. She taught at 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.


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Yeji Lee I Language Acquisition 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.


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Maria Luebbert I 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Luebbert grew up in Loose Creek, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and majored in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Child Development and Education. She moved to Massachusetts to pursue a career in teaching. She has been working in childcare since she was in high school and is very passionate about working with children of all ages. She is looking forward to learning from experienced teachers as she continues her journey. In her free time, Ms. Luebbert loves to spend time walking and playing with her dog, Ryder. She also enjoys seeing movies, hiking, and trying new foods!


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Andrew Malkin I Music Teacher

Mr. Malkin is from Danvers Massachusetts and graduated from The Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Music. He is looking forward to meeting, learning, and creating music with the students at MCD! He likes to run marathons, cook, and spend time with his dog, Obie. Before coming to Match he was teaching K-6 music/band and chorus.


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Shanise Mallory I 3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Mallory grew up in the Hyde Park, MA. She graduated from Bridgewater State University where she majored in Geological Science. She decided to work in education because she wants to make a difference in her community and show students they can achieve success through higher education. She is most looking forward to working hands-on with the students this school year. In her spare time she likes to read, try new restaurants, and shop. Prior to coming to Match, Ms. Mallory worked worked with students at an after-school program at the Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater, MA.


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JR Mannetta I Dean of Students

Mr. Mannetta is now in his sixth 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.


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Tanera Martin-Williams I K1 Teacher

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. 


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Jessica Martzall I Language Acquisition Teacher

Ms. Martzall grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She attended Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Spanish Literature and Education. She went into education to share her absolute love of learning, to challenge herself and her students, and to promote college access to all students. She is excited to continue to learn and grow as an educator at Match. Ms. Martzall likes to read, play board games and video games, and cuddle with her pet hedgehog in her free time.


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Megan McDonnell I Physical Education Teacher

Ms. McDonnell grew up in Dorchester, MA. She attended Boston College where she majored in Political Science and minored in Math and History. She is looking forward to having so much fun  with MCD scholars. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and eating good food! Prior to this school year, she worked for Playworks as the recess coach at MCD for 2 years.


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Rondell McNeill I Special Education Teacher

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 begin the school year and also being a part of the wonderful team here at MCD.


Tatiana Medina-Barreto I K2 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 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.


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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!


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Ava Miller I 3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Miller grew up in Athens, Ohio. She attended Ohio University receiving degrees in both Psychology and Dance. Working with children has always been one of her passions. She joined Teach for America upon graduation and has been teaching ever since. She has taught 3rd grade in South Carolina for several years and has worked with various grade levels in after school programming, but teaching 3rd grade is her favorite. She loves to dance, sing, and draw, design and any crafty projects. She also loves animals, especially her dog, Franklin.


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Alice Mitchell I 5th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Mitchell was born and raised in Chicago. She  went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied Elementary Education. Everyday in the classroom is different and brings a new adventure. She looks forward to embarking on many adventures with the 5th graders, the leaders of the MCD! Before coming to Match, she taught 2nd grade ELA and 3rd grade in Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys traveling, reading a good book, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.


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Arya Mohanka I Associate Teacher

Ms. Mohanka grew up in Shrewsbury, MA. She designed her own major in Population Studies at UMass Amherst, and she earned the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate. She is looking forward to growing and developing as a teacher, and connecting with her students. She likes to sew, crochet, sing, cook, nerd out, and write novels.


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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.


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Sarema Monroe I 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. 


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Nafeesha Moore I Dean of Students

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.


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Jennifer Mullen I Assistant Principal

Ms. Mullen is thrilled to return to the Match Community Day team in her third year as assistant principal working with the lower elementary grades. Prior to joining the MCD team, Ms. Mullen completed the Reading Specialist Master’s program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and taught primarily first grade for 9 years-- most recently at Edward Brooke Charter School in Roslindale, and KIPP DC. Ms. Mullen earned her bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College in MA, and her Masters in Elementary Education from American University while teaching in Washington DC. In her free time, Ms. Mullen loves reading children’s books, cooking, Irish step dancing, and chatting with friends and family.


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Darlyn Noel I Associate Teacher

Ms. Noel is from Caracas, Venezuela but was raised in the city of Boston. She went to Lesley University and Studied Liberal Arts, specializing in counseling. She is hoping to connect with students and the Match Community. She enjoys coaching Volleyball, traveling and spending time with family.


Tania Nora-Aguila I Front Office Manager

Ms. Nora-Aguila was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She graduated in 2008 from the Le Cordon Bleu program for Culinary Arts in Dover, NH. She decided to join the Match family because she feels like it’s a good opportunity to continue to work with children and be able to help families in their journey through the years they will be with us at Match. In her free time, she likes to go to the gym and volunteer at her church, teaching children of all ages.


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Jabari Peddie I Principal

Mr. Peddie is from New York. He attended Morehouse College, where he studied English and Language Arts. He works in education because he believes in the power of people, and in their ability to disrupt cycles and improve the world. Everyone deserves a chance to make the best out of their life, and circumstances beyond their control should not inhibit that. It is his mission to increase awareness in students, and equip them with the tools required to excel in a global market. Prior to Match, he taught middle grades English and Language Arts in Atlanta, Georgia for five years. Thereafter, he moved to Boston where he has worked as a middle school Dean of Students, an elementary school principal, and a middle school principal.


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Emma Peters I Associate Teacher

Ms. Peters is from Franklin, MA. She attended Wheelock College for one year then transferred to Florida Southern College where she earned her Elementary Education degree. She is looking forward to learning from her peers and mentors in this upcoming school year. She enjoys reading and spending time outside. Before Match, she was a nanny.


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Brianne Phelan I Special Education Teacher

Ms. Phelan is from and grew up in Quincy, MA. She went to Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Psychology and minored in Gender Studies. She decided to teach because she grew up as a student with a language based learning disability. Through having dyslexia, she realized that learning is HARD, education is not equal for everyone. Because of this, she wanted to work to change both of those things. She previously worked as a third grade ELA teacher for TFA in the Mississippi Delta. She recently completed a Master's program in Moderate Disabilities and student taught at The Carroll School. She enjoys being outside and eating chocolate.


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Aliana Piatt I 3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Piatt grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Boston after college. She attended Northwestern University in Chicago where she studied Education Reform. She chose to become a teacher because she loves working with kids and wanted to have a direct impact in education reform. Some years agos, she completed the Match Teacher Residency Program, and then taught 2nd grade in Lawrence, MA, for a couple of years. She is excited about coming back to teach at Match because it is such a truly diverse and mission-driven community. She loves cooking and running, as well as watching lots of Netflix.


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Gisele Pineda I 3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Pineda is originally from Providence, RI. She attended Smith College where she majored in Religion, and minored in Education and Child Study. She is looking forward to growing as an educator and collaborating with a passionate community. In her free time, she enjoys zumba, salsa dancing, read books, and eat good food. Prior to Match, she worked at an elementary school in South Korea as a Fulbright ETA grantee.


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Seth Porinsky I Associate Teacher

Mr. Porinsky grew up in Dexter, Michigan. He attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota for Pastoral studies. He is looking forward to becoming familiar with the people and sites in Boston. He likes to be outdoors, play sports, read and write. Prior to Match, he taught English in Taiwan.


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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!


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Ayanna Robinson I Associate Teacher

Ms. Robinson was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Howard University where she studied English and Psychology. She is looking forward to exploring everything Boston has to offer. She loves to create art and explore technology.


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Tatiana Roll I 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 Master’s 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!



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Madelyn Ruizdeporras I Assistant Director of Operations

Ms. Ruizdeporras has been with MCD for the past 8 years. She is now entering her new role as Assistant Director of Operations at Match Community Day. She has a passion for working with urban city kids. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY but grew up in Jamaica Plain. She has 3 children of her own, and they all currently attend charter schools. Ms. Ruizdeporras is fluent in Spanish and English and is super excited to welcome back all returning students, and their families, and develop relationships with new families.


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Zachary Seegers I Fitness Teacher

Mr. Seegers is from Narragansett Rhode Island, but has lived in Hawaii, California, North Carolina and Connecticut. While in college, he was a part time tutor for Springfield grade school students. He loved watching their growth in the classroom as well as the personal connections he made during those 4 years. He went on to become a substitute teacher in Rhode Island, then he worked for Playworks in Boston and in North Carolina. He is looking forward to creating opportunities for Match students. He also hopes to build relationships with staff and create a unique and fun atmosphere for students. He enjoy being outside whenever possible doing both relaxing and intense activities ranging from nature walks, kayaking, surfing, and mountain climbing. He is also an aspiring professional Bocci player on the weekends.


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Cheryl Settens I Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Settens 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, Mrs. Settens 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, Mrs. Settens loves cooking, spending time with her friends and family, reading, swimming, and Zumba.


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Angela Slevin I Social Worker

Ms. Slevin is from Arlington, Virginia. She studied Psychology at Wesleyan University and School of Social Work at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Match community! She likes to swim, run, read, and spend time with family and friends. She has previously worked as a Kindergarten teacher in Washington, DC through Teach for America.


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Grayson Solt I Associate Teacher

Mr. Solt is from Pine Mountain, Georgia. He studied Community Health at Georgia College and State University, Georgia's Public Liberal Arts University. He is looking forward to being a part of something bigger than himself. He likes to practice his bass guitar, play various sports, and sing at karaoke. He previously worked with kid and young adults in Hue, Vietnam.


Julia Steele I Inclusion Aide

Miss Steele is from Kingston, Massachusetts. She lived there until she was 21, when she moved to Dorchester, Massachusetts to study Early Education and Sociology at UMass Boston. She is looking forward to meeting all the students and helping them grow. Miss Steele likes to run, read, and hang out with her family and friends. Miss S used to work as a Preschool teacher at Bright Horizons.


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Grace Stewart I 2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Stewart grew up in Laguna Beach, California. She attended Boston University to study Elementary Education and Lesley University for a masters degree in Special Education. She is excited to join the second grade team and be a part of the Match community. She likes to read, take yoga classes, and go to the beach.


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Jacqueline Stokes I Language Acquisition Teacher

Ms. Stokes grew up in New York. She studied Spanish Literature & Linguistics at SUNY Oneonta. She recently graduated from Boston University with a M.Ed in ESL. She is looking forward to learning alongside the multilingual community at Match. She enjoys traveling, skiing, eat interesting food, and pet other people's' dogs. Prior to Match, she worked with a non-profit education program in NYC and as an ESL teacher in Lawrence, MA.


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Kevin Strand I Network Special Projects Coordinator

Mr. Strand grew up in Berea in central Kentucky. He attended Swarthmore College where he majored in Sociology/Anthropology and earned a minor in Statistics. After graduating from Swarthmore College Mr. Strand returned home to Kentucky and worked as a math tutor/mentor at a public high school. After that Mr. Strand moved to Boston to be a part of Match Corps XIII. He is excited to join the MCD team and learn from them. He enjoys watching european soccer leagues on the weekends and playing golf whenever he has time.


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Shilpa Taneja I 2nd Grade Teacher

Ms. Taneja is from Albany, NY. She graduated from Northeastern University with her Bachelor’s in B.S Psychology & Elementary Education. She earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University. She is looking forward to joining the Match community and meeting her new students! She likes to read, drink coffee, and volunteer. She previously taught 2nd grade in Lawrence.


Yasmin Torres I K1 Teacher

Ms. Torres grew up in New York and moved to Boston six months ago. She attended Mercy College where she received her Bachelor in Psychology. Ms. Torres 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. Torres enjoys going out shopping as well as exploring new restaurants.


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Meaghan MCBride I Special Education Teacher

Ms. McBride grew up in Norwood, MA. Ms. McBride attended Regis College where she earned her bachelor’s in Sociology and Elementary Education and master’s in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities. Ms. McBride has always had a passion for teaching.  She is excited to join the Match Community and gain experiences in a positive professional community. Prior to Match, she worked as a lead teacher in a Pre-K - third grade classroom for students with emotional and behavioral needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, shopping, watching HGTV and attempting her own DIY projects.


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Frank Umeh I Inclusion Aide


Madeleine Vahey I 4th Grade Teacher


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Danielle Walker I Dean of Students

Ms. Walker is ecstatic to be with MCD for a 3rd year. She plays a crucial role in the development of positive behavior support systems and development of intervention strategies. Ms. Walker works with all students to provide them with assistance in meeting their educational needs. Ms. Walker coordinates, facilitates and implements disciplinary intervention steps, processes with staff, working closely with the principal.


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Maya Wilson I 4th Grade Teacher

Ms. Wilson is from Durham, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Communication studies and a minor in English. Ms. Wilson decided to work in education because she is passionate about social justice within the education system. In her free time, she likes to dance, read, and spend time with her loved ones. Prior to coming to Match, she worked with K-5th at an after-school program in Greensboro, NC.


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Anna Zannetos I 5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Zannetos grew up in Wellesley, MA. She recently graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Ms. Zannetos decided to work in education because she believes that all students deserve the support, love and resources to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential. After high school, Ms. Zannetos served as a City Year corps member in a 4th grade classroom in Mattapan. While in college, she spent much of her time directing and volunteering at an after school program in Mission Hill. In her free time, Ms. Zannetos enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with family and friends.