Match High School Team
Chanelle Baker I Special Education Teacher
Ms. Baker has been an educator for the past five years. She received my Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Bentley University; and her Masters in Education from Boston University. As an educator, her mission is to provide all populations of students with a foundation that builds them academically and socially for the world and society beyond. She believes that Creative expression is vital in building the whole child, which is why she love incorporating and teaching STEP, tap dance and Hip Hop into the work that she does.
Lauren Bauer I Special Education Teacher
Ms. Bauer graduated from Roger Williams University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and minor in Spanish. Lauren earned her masters degree in Moderate Disabilities from Boston College in 2015. Before MATCH, she was an Individual Needs teacher at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. While at Roxbury Prep, she coached soccer and led a zumba and art enrichment class. When she isn't teaching, Lauren loves cooking, exercising, traveling and spending time with friends.
Elanna Bellows I Associate Teacher
Ms. Bellows grew up in western Massachusetts. She attended Mount Holyoke College and earned a B.A. with a double major in English and Astronomy. After working as a math tutor in Springfield, MA for two years, she moved to Virginia where she assisted in research for the George Washington Papers project. Before coming to Match, she earned a M.A. in English Literature at the University of Virginia while working part-time as a Cognitive Brain Trainer for LearningRx. In her free time, Ms. Bellows enjoys riding her horse, writing poetry, and reading.
Christina Bernal I Operations Manager
Ms. Bernal graduated from Match High School in 2010, then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. Although she pursued a degree in Criminal Justice, she had a strong passion to work at Match in hopes of giving back to students by being a positive support, just as she experienced while there as a student. In 2014, she started her professional career at Match as an Instructional Aide and will be continuing this year at the High School. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her children, family and friends.
Rebecca Berwick I English 11 Teacher
Ms. Berwick is from the Boston area and lives with her husband and toddler, Naomi. She graduated from Brown University in 2008, and began her teaching career in 2012 after getting her Masters through the Shady Hill School-Lesley University partnership program. Before teaching, Ms. Berwick worked at an environmental nonprofit dedicated to fighting climate change. Ms. Berwick has taught Middle School Humanities and is thrilled to be joining Match as the 11th grade ELA teacher. In her free time, you can find her working as a political activist, running, reading, and of course playing with her daughter.
Eduardo Bravo I Special Education Teacher
Mr. Bravo grew up in Los Angeles and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management and a Minor in English from Loyola Marymount University. He joined a community service organization as an undergrad and found that tutoring students and seeing them grow was both challenging and rewarding. After graduating, he joined Teach For America and began teaching in Texas. Mr. Bravo has worked as an Intervention Teacher for 6th-11th grade, as a high school remedial English teacher and as a Parent Engagement Specialist. He enjoys playing the guitar, as well as reading, basketball and spending time with his family and friends.
JibrAil Coy I Special Education Teacher
Mr. Coy graduated from Bowdoin College as a Sociology major while playing three varsity sports (football, indoor and outdoor track). His previous work experience includes working as a Special Educator tutor, camp counselor, teacher assistant and youth mentor. He is passionate about sports and how it can help develop and empower students.
Amy Daniels I Math Instructional Coach
Ms. Daniels started her teaching career in 2004 at Washington Irving High School in New York City after earning her B.A. from Boston College and a M.A. from Columbia University. While with the New York City Teaching Fellows, Ms. Daniels completed her M.S.T. in Secondary Mathematics from Pace University. Since then she has coached new teachers at Sposato Graduate School of Education, Prospect Hill Academy and the Community Charter School of Cambridge where she also headed the Mathematics Department. In her free time she enjoys running, swimming, and chasing toddlers.
Chloe Davis-Carden I Match Corps Director
Ms. Davis-Carden (Ms. D-C) graduated with a BA from Clark University where she played varsity basketball and softball. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. D-C worked as a college basketball coach at Brandeis University, played semi-professional football and was a program coordinator for a non-profit called Playworks. Ms. D-C started her education career as a tutor here at Match High School and was trained to teach by the Match Teacher Residency program. She earned her Master's in Effective Teaching at the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. She has previously taught Physics and Algebra 1 and was the leader of Cluster 9.
Pedro Diaz Sokolski I AP Spanish Teacher
Mr. Diaz graduated from law school at University of Carabobo (Valencia-Venezuela), where he worked in family law and corporate law for over 8 years. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Mr. Diaz’s real passion is teaching. Prior to Match, he worked as a tutor at Northeastern University; adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Social Work of Simmons College; high school teacher at Boston Public Schools and Spanish heritage teacher at Chelsea High School. In his free time, he enjoys singing classical music with the New World Chorale, traveling, movies and photography.
Monica Duplessie I English 9 Teacher
Ms. Duplessie grew up in Portland, Oregon but has lived in Boston for over 20 years and now calls Roslindale home. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in English Literature, and received her MAT from Simmons College in 2012. She has worked in Boston area schools since 1998. Her time teaching includes five years teaching 6th grade at St. Joseph School in Roxbury, four years as a director for Citizen Schools, and the past 11 years teaching ELA at Roxbury Preparatory in Mission Hill. Ms. Duplessie is passionate about football, books and taking students on outdoor adventures such as cross country skiing and canoeing.
Janelle Engerman I DEAN OF StudentS & Culture
Ms. Engerman is a Boston native and graduate of Framingham State University, with a BA in Sociology. During undergrad she began her career in education, teaching summer school and perusing an internship with the Randolph High School guidance department. Upon graduating, Ms. Engerman became a middle school paraprofessional at the Boston Renaissance Charter School. Ms. Engerman joins Match from Dorchester Collegiate Academy, where she started as the building substitute, and eventually moved into the role of 5th and 6th grade ELA inclusion teacher. She is excited to begin a new journey at MATCH as a member of the Dean team!
Julie Evans I 9th Grade Algebra i Teacher
Ms. Evans received her B.A. in Special Education from Arizona State University. She was the 6th grade math inclusion teacher at Boston Renaissance Charter and then worked as the Individual Needs Coordinator and Learning Specialist, and eventually as the Dean of students, at Roxbury Prep School. Julie began teaching at Match last year as the Algebra II teacher, and she is excited to begin working with our amazing 9th graders this year in Algebra I.
Warren Garris I 9th Grade Composition Teacher
Mr. Garris hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated with his Bachelor's from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he double-majored in History and Romance Languages. He received his Master's in Education from Harvard. Before coming to MATCH, he was at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School where over the years he taught Composition, Literature, and History. He enjoys dodgeball, reading, learning about the planets, and watching high-quality dramas, like Pretty Little Liars.
Rachel Giordano I Principal
Mrs. Williams-Giordano grew up in Norcross, Georgia and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Georgia Southern University in 2003. Later, she attended Massachusetts School of Law in Andover before transferring to Emmanuel College. In 2009, she earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and a Master’s of Education Administration in 2014. Before joining the Match community, she taught high school social science for four years at Melrose High School and 9th grade Global Studies at Boston Collegiate Charter School for five years. During her tenure at both schools, she has held various school leader roles while teaching full time. In 2017, Ms. Giordano accepted a Principal Fellowship with UP Education Network where she worked as a Principal in Residence at UP Academy Oliver in Lawrence. Ms. Giordano is the mother of two amazing little boys who push her to live every moment to the fullest. When they give her free time, she attempts to stay up and watch House Hunters or read spy novels.
Andrew Gottlieb I Athletics Director & PE Teacher
Mr. Gottlieb graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a double major in History and Religious Studies. Soon after, he began a career working in youth and school sports. He came to Boston to work in the Coach Across America program with America Scores Boston. Mr. Gottlieb has been the head rugby coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Youth Development Officer for the Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization. Also, he has coached soccer at Roxbury Community College and has been the Director of the Cambridge YMCA Youth Basketball Program. While not teaching or coaching, he enjoys spending time outside playing baseball or rugby.
Dana Gottlieb I Speech and Language Pathologist
Mrs. Gottlieb received her B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and M.S. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University. Prior to working for Match, Mrs. Gottlieb worked with pediatrics in multiple charter schools, preschools, homes, and clinical/rehabilitative settings all over New York City. Mrs. Gottlieb has experience evaluating and treating children with delays or disorders in the following areas: expressive and receptive language, auditory processing, articulation and phonology, fluency, social-pragmatic language, voice/resonance, and literacy development.
Allyson Grasso I Environmental Science Teacher
Ms. Grasso grew up in the D.C. metro area. She moved to the Midwest to pursue a degree in Biochemistry at Purdue University. During undergrad, she discovered her true passion was education and traveled back to Virginia to get her masters in special education at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Match Ms. Grasso has taught Chemistry, Geometry, and Algebra. In her free time she likes to walk around the city of Boston, hang with her sister, and bake cakes!
Tom Halpenny I AP World History Teacher
Mr. Halpenny joins Match from the Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston, where he taught World and U.S. History and served as faculty adviser for the yearbook and Model United Nations. Prior to teaching history at APR, he taught American Literature at the Lycée International de Los Angeles. Mr. Halpenny holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College. In addition to his experience teaching, Mr. Halpenny brings a passion for soccer, politics, comedy, and literature to Match.
Benjamin Hechler I Associate Teacher
Mr. Hechler grew up in Brookline, MA. He graduated from Harvard Extension School with a concentration in Social Sciences. After college, Mr. Hechler did City Year at Burke High School in Dorchester, MA and more recently worked as a substitute teacher and soccer coach in Brookline. Mr. Hechler is a big animal lover - this past summer he started working as a Dog Trainer intern with the goal of eventually training service animals. He enjoys watching the Celtics, walking around Boston, and listening to his favorite podcasts.
Robert Hendricks I Assistant Principal
Mr. Hendricks started at Match working in the Special Education Department for two years before moving into the Dean role for two years. Now, Mr. Hendricks focuses on special events, student voice, and fostering an overall positive school culture for our community. Raised in Cincinnati, he attended nearby Miami University (OH) where he earned a B.A. in Math & Social Studies Education and a Ed.M. in Curriculum & Teacher Leadership.
Noemiley Higgins I Special Education Teacher
Ms. Higgins graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish and Education. Prior to Match, she worked at Roxbury Prep as the Director of Individual Needs for the Mission Hill campus. In her six years at Roxbury Prep, Ms. Higgins also served as an instructional coach, learning specialist and taught several enrichment classes including yoga, botany and zumba. When she isn't teaching, she loves fishing, yoga, going on adventures, and spending time with friends and family.
Elsie Huang I AP Calculus Teacher
Ms. Huang most recently spent a dozen years at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, where she was a founding teacher. During her tenure, she taught a variety of subjects, including math, science, art and ethics. She also assumed leadership roles as the math department chair and high school principal. Prior to Boston Prep, she was a middle and high school teacher at an independent school in Washington DC for two years and she was a founding teacher at another Boston charter in its inaugural year. Ms. Huang earned her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ayesha Hurry I Director of Mental Health
Ms. Hurry has a BA in Human Development and Psychology and an MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She moved to Boston to work at a local non-profit serving at-risk children and families. Starting out as a clinician, Ms. Hurry moved on to program consultation where she worked with various Massachusetts school districts to develop and maintain systems and structures to serve students with trauma histories and emotional and behavioral struggles. Ms. Hurry is excited to bring her clinical and systems experience to Match and lead the mental health team in supporting all students.
Andrew Jarboe I US History Teacher
After graduating from Bates College with a degree in History in 2005, Dr. Jarboe joined Teach for America and taught history for three years at the middle and high school levels in Harlem, New York, while also earning his Masters in Teaching. In 2011, while completing his doctoral dissertation, he joined the faculty at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. After four years teaching eighth grade US History, he joined the founding faculty at Roxbury Preparatory High School where he taught AP US History and ninth grade US History. Dr. Jarboe is also an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music. He is passionate about teaching history as he believes that a rigorous history education has the potential to empower young people to more meaningfully engage with the present.
Lauren Jones I English 12 & Senior Seminar Teacher
Ms. Jones is a graduate of Cornell University, where she received a B.A. in English. She first came to Match in 2016-2017 as a member of Match Corps XIII, where she worked as an English 9 TA, Comp 10 tutor, and Algebra 1 tutor. She always had a feeling that she wanted to be a teacher but during her corps year at Match, she realized just how much she loved working with young people, so she went to graduate school to pursue her teaching license. She recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College with an M.A.T. in Secondary English. She couldn’t be more excited to return to Match this year as an English 12 and senior seminar teacher! Outside of teaching, Ms. Jones enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and cat.
Mike Kearney I School Counselor
Mr. Kearney grew up in Weymouth, MA and spent 6 years living in sunny San Diego, CA before proudly taking up residence in Dorchester. He graduated from Cambridge College in 2013 with a Masters in Education and a focus in Mental Health and School Adjustment Counseling. Before joining Match, he was a School Based Clinician at Wediko Children’s Services where he served all 3 branches of the McKinley School System. Mike is thrilled to bring his creative streak and passion for supporting and empowering Boston area students to the Match team. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking in New Hampshire, traveling, photography, playing dominoes, and getting lost in record stores to expand his extensive vinyl collection.
Katherine Keller I Algebra I Teacher
Ms. Keller was born and raised in Lowell, MA and graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating she taught high school math and ACT prep for two years in eastern North Carolina as a corps member of Teach for America. When she isn’t teaching Ms. Keller loves rowing, hiking, spending time with friends, and watching all of the New England sports teams.
Joanna Khalil I AP Chemistry Teacher
Ms. Khalil graduated from the University of RI in 2004 with a degree in biology. She taught chemistry for two years in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas as a member of Teach for America. Ms. Khalil is also a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health, and she loves teaching and enjoys traveling, drawing, and martial arts.
Tiffany Kidwell i Spanish Teacher
Ms. Kidwell is joining the Match team from Charlotte, NC where she began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Ms. Kidwell attended George Mason University where she earned a B.A. in Foreign Language, Spanish before attending San Diego State University for her M.A. in Latin American Studies. When she is not teaching Ms. Kidwell enjoys traveling, the beach, and all things Redskins football.
Simone Labine I Physics Teacher
Ms. Labine graduated from Drew University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Art. She was a Teach for America corps member in Jacksonville, Florida where she taught Biology, Environmental Science, and Comprehensive Science. She also managed Duval County’s student government and implementation of UNICEF’s Child Friendly Schools initiative. Ms. Labine loves hiking, cooking, and true crime podcasts.
Jeffrey Lazar I 9th grade History Teacher
Mr. Lazar grew up in Milton, Massachusetts and graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in history. He taught social studies in Philadelphia as a Teach for America corps member and earned a Master’s degree in Education at UPenn before returning to the Boston area to work at Phoenix Charter Academy, Chelsea. He is an avid Boston sports fan and attends Patriots home games. Mr. Lazar is excited to start his 5th year of teaching here at Match.
Tiffany Lewallen I Social Worker
Ms. Lewallen grew up in Northern California and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Psychology and Social Work. She moved across the country to work with Wediko Children’s providing therapeutic supports in the Boston Public Schools. She attended Boston College Graduate School of Social Work to earn her MSW. Tiffany has worked in a variety of settings and her clinical work has focused on treating the impacts of traumas, anxiety, depression, and perinatal emotional complications. Her passion for working with youth has brought her back to the school setting and she is excited to be joining the Match community. In her free time you can find her baking delicious treats, reading, hiking, coloring, listening to music, and petting cats.
Aldevino Lima I Assistant Dean of Students
Mr. Lima is a graduate of the one and only Northeastern University. He received a BA in Spanish Literature and International Affairs, and he was also a member of their varsity men's basketball team. Before graduating he studied abroad in Peru, where he worked as an English tutor at the Peruvian Air Force Academy. Mr. Lima came to Match this past year as a member of the Match Corps at the middle school, where he tutored students in Math and ELA. This upcoming school year he is excited to be working with our students as Instructional Aid, and to be the new Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two beautiful kids and coaching/playing basketball.
James Lloyd I Algebra 2 Teacher
Mr. Lloyd moved from Hawai'i 5 years ago to pursue his love of teaching. He achieved a degree in mathematics from UMASS Boston before joining Match High School as a Match Corps tutor during the '17-'18 school year. After taking on the challenge of being the Environmental Science teacher, he is very excited to share his love of math by teaching Algebra 2. Mr. Lloyd's perfect day involves going to the beach with his dog, Archer, in tow and spending the day swimming and reading either fiction novels or nerding out over new math research.
Noel Luciano Quivey I 10th Grade ELA Teacher
Ms. Luciano Quivey graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in English Writing and French. She was accepted into the New York City Teaching Fellows Program and taught 7th grade ELA at The School for Inquiry and Social Justice, MS 337 in the South Bronx for three years. While there she also started and ran the school's theater program. Ms. Luciano Quivey graduated with her masters degree in Secondary English Education from The City College of New York, School of Urban Education in 2010. Before MATCH, she taught 6th grade Reading at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School for 4 years. When she isn't teaching, Ms. Luciano Quivey loves watching sports (baseball and basketball especially!), cooking, running, and yoga. She lives in Charlestown with her husband.
Meghan Maloney I Director of Special Education
Ms. Maloney attended Boston College where she graduated from the Lynch School of Education. She began her teaching career working for Unlocking Potential, first at Up Academy Boston and then as a founding teacher at Up Academy Lawrence. At both schools, Ms. Maloney worked within the Special Education department, co-teaching Science, Math, English, and Social Studies. After working in Lawrence, she was fortunate enough to combine her love for travel and teaching while working as a Science teacher at a middle school on the Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. In her 4th year at Match High School, Ms. Maloney is excited to work with the seniors who were 9th graders when she started and to continue coaching cross country, track, and DREAMFAR!
Ryan Mannion I Special education teacher
Mr. Mannion grew up outside of Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Biology and US History. He came to Match as a member of Match Corps XIII, where he served as a math tutor and the Physics 9 TA. In his free time he enjoys reading, traveling, watching the Ravens and exploring Boston!
Sandra Marques I Office Manager
Ms. Marques was born and raised in Cambridge but currently lives in Lynn with her husband and two children aged 13 & 20. She has a strong passion for working with Boston youth and is eager to start building relationships with students and families. Before joining Match, Ms. Marques was the office manager for the Edward Brooke Charter School in Roslindale for nine years.
Nedra Massenburg I Algebra II Teacher
Ms. Massenburg graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ with her bachelor’s degree in economics. She began at Match as a part of Match Corps IV in 2007, then stayed as a Corps Staff member for Match Corps V and as a member of the inaugural cohort of the Match Teacher Residency Program in 2008. After her Corps staff year, she joined the math department at Match for two years as the Algebra II and Geometry teacher, before moving into the administration as director of the Match Corps, Assistant Principal and then Principal. Through every role she has had at Match, she been excited to partner with our students and families to help create a community where each member is valued and pushed to grow and learn to their full potential. She also enjoys reading, cooking homemade meals and (loudly) cheering at Match sporting events.
Victoria Munson I History & Health Teacher
Originally from Southington, CT, Ms. Munson graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine before she came to Match. At Bowdoin she studied Art History and Psychology. She also rowed and played basketball in college and helped coach these sports in her Corps year at Match. Ms. Munson loves being part of a community and team but also is a bit of an adrenaline junkie and enjoys traveling to new places. Since she was in high school it’s been a personal goal of Ms. Munson’s to one day compete in the Amazing Race.
Blake Niedenthal I Associate Teacher
Mr. Niedenthal was born in South Florida and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from The University of Alabama with a BA degree in History. Blake has always had a strong passion of working with children and teenagers in an array of different settings. Starting in high school, he volunteered for the Crisis Center of Birmingham, taking phone calls for children and teenagers with a variety of different issues. This passion continued through being a camp counselor for five summers, being a mentor for students in low-income schools in Tuscaloosa, AL, and doing student-teaching and observation in high schools classes his junior year of college, among other things. Blake now looks to build upon the work he has done as he joins to Match to jumpstart his career into fighting for educational equity.
Omayra Nieves I Nurse
Ms. Nieves was born and raised in Framingham, MA. She graduated from The University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015, receiving her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She has enjoyed working as a nurse in different settings and hopes to pursue her Masters degree in the future. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, traveling, and riding her motorcycle.
Christie Paul I Director of Operations
Ms. Paul has worked full-time at Match for the past 11 years—first as a Match Corps Member and then as the Alumni Director and Director of Operations. She does much of the behind-the-scenes work at Match and coordinates all of the calendars, schedules, and events for the school. Ms. Paul first started working at Match as an MCAS tutor during her freshman year of college at Boston University and has earned her BA and MBA there.
Chris Perez I Assistant Principal
Mr. Perez is a graduate of Tufts University, where he studied clinical psychology and child development while preparing for medical school. After graduation he joined the Match Corps as a Math tutor and Physics teaching assistant, realizing that his true passion was science education. Mr. Perez has been at Match high school for 5 years now and is the coach of the varsity men’s soccer and baseball teams. He is a big nerd, the proud son of a Colombian immigrant, and loves to compete in almost any sport. When he grows up, he wants to be Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Theresa Pickens I College Readiness Counselor
Ms. Pickens grew up in Worcester and received her B.A., in Sociology & Psychology, from Clark University. During her time at Clark, she worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester where she had many roles, including the Healthy Habits Coordinator, SMART Girls Program Coordinator, and the Assistant Site Director for the Wheels to Water Program. After graduating in 2013, she taught freshman Algebra at South High Community School and coached the girls’ basketball team. After her first year of teaching, she found Bottom Line, where she served as a College Access Counselor and assisted high school seniors throughout the college application and financial aid processes. She then moved to Boston to become the Access Team Manager at the Bottom Line office in Dorchester. In her free time, she enjoys music, traveling, reading, and exploring Boston!
Sunjay Priyadarshan I Composition 10 Teacher
Mr. Priyadarshan was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Bowdoin College in Maine to get his BA in Sociology. There, he developed his interests in teaching, reading, writing, art, social issues, and nature. After college, he moved to Cambridge to be a tutor at Match HS as part of MCXII. After his Corps Year, he attended Boston University to get his Master’s degree in teaching. Following this, he completed his first year of teaching at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He is beyond excited to be returning to Match as a full-time teacher. He loves the community, the students, and the support people give each other here. Jay enjoys photography, buying new books (and reading them), and exploring new areas around Greater Boston.
Angela Rossi i Special Education Teacher
Angela earned her B.A. at Emmanuel College in Counseling and Health Psychology with a minor in music. She completed her senior year psychology internship at Match working with students on a wide range of life skills, and has been able to continue this work over the past two years as a para. Angela is passionate about helping students build independent living and executive functioning skills that in turn boost their self-confidence and well-being. In her spare time, she enjoys playing music with friends, hiking, and traveling.
Erin Sampson I English 10 Teacher
Ms. Sampson is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a BA in English, with a focus in creative writing, and minors in both Sociology and Education. At UMass, she worked at the Writing Center on campus, helping students not only develop their writing skills, but hone their written voice. After graduation, Ms. Sampson moved to Boston and joined the Match Corps. During her year on the Corps, she spent a year working as a tutor and teaching assistant. She is currently a member of the Match Teacher Residency Program, and is excited to begin her journey as a full-time teacher in the fall. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Sampson loves all competition; she can often be found playing and cheering on all sports, especially the Patriots!! She also loves running, hiking, traveling, and good brunch.
Dinah Shepherd I AP English Teacher
Ms. Shepherd studied African-American Studies and Child Development before beginning her teaching career. She taught high school English and middle-school literacy in Roxbury for thirteen years; during seven of those years, she co-founded and facilitated Real Men Read, a literacy-based Black and Latino men’s mentoring program for 7th and 8th grade boys. She left the classroom in August 2013 to build First Teacher with 8 other parents. First Teacher is a movement of parents and caregivers working together to prepare all our children for kindergarten and beyond. Ms. Shepherd will continue working with First Teacher part-time while teaching AP Lit part-time this year, and is so happy to be back with brilliant teenagers.
Annie Smith I Drama Teacher
Annie Smith grew up in Connecticut,. She has been involved in over 40 theatrical productions and films to date and has held positions as an actor, director, and makeup artist. Miss Smith took her passion to Emerson College where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Education . She continued her education at Boston University where she received her Master's in Secondary Education. Since then she has been passionately bringing theatre to students of various ages both in the classroom and in student-produced theatre in Lawrence, MA. She is a true believer in Theatre for Social change and Theatre for Personal Growth. Her mission is to create a space of creative expression for all students and to introduce students to all that the arts have to offer. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, dancing, singing, and volunteering.
Mark Stanton I Associate Teacher
Mr. Stanton is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he studied mechanical engineering. Over the past eight years he has served as a middle school tutor and college mentor for Cambridge Public Schools, and as an after-school science and filmmaking teacher in Revere, Charlestown, and Chelsea. This work has inspired him to pursue teaching full-time. He comes to Match after a successful career as a consultant, leading impact and growth initiatives for philanthropic foundations and nonprofit organizations around the country.
Megan Sun I Chemistry Teacher
After graduating from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2015, Ms. Sun joined Teach for America and taught environmental science and chemistry for three years at the middle and high school levels in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After earning her M.A in education policy and leadership at Marquette University in Milwaukee, she and her family decided to relocate to Boston. This will be Ms. Sun’s first year teaching in Boston and she is very excited to do more fun science labs!
Bess Thaler I 10th grade Biology Teacher
Ms. Thaler graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 2004 with a BA in biology. She went on to do some ecology-related research in Connecticut and Scotland before returning to her home state of Massachusetts. Ms. Thaler interned at Edward Brooke Charter School in Roslindale as a middle school science teacher before deciding to get her Master’s of Education at UMass Boston. She student taught at Cambridge Rindge and Latin and finished her degree in 2008. Ms. Thaler lives with her husband, one-year-old daughter, cat, and garden over the river in Cambridge.
Melissa Tumuluru I Alumni Support Counselor
Mrs. Tumuluru grew up outside of Cincinnati. She earned her BA in Classical Studies and Sociology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. After two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the College For All Texans Foundation in Houston, Texas, she found a passion for college access. She then spent four years in Chicago as a Program Manager with Genesys Works, a nonprofit focused on professional internships for low-income students. Mrs. Tumuluru moved to St. Louis and work for both Big Brothers Big Sisters and College Bound St. Louis, and has recently arrived in Boston. In her free time, Mrs. Tumuluru can be found running, cooking, or reading a great book!
Hannah Waldman i 10th grade Geometry Teacher
Ms. Waldman grew up outside of Boston and went to Siena College in Albany, New York where she studied math education. She joined the Match Team as a Match Corp member. She tutored Algebra and Geometry and was also a teacher's assitant for Gemetry. Ms. Waldman loves to play rugby, travel, or check out different farmer's markets whenever she has some free time. Ms. Waldman is so excited to return back to the high school and teacher her favorite subject, geometry, this year!
Shira Zar-Kessler I Director of College Counseling
After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Educational Studies and American Culture Studies, Shira Zar-Kessler joined Teach for America and completed her two-year commitment at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, known as WHEELS. She had many roles at the school, including history teacher, physics teacher, special education teacher, and the co-head of the drama department. Ms. Zar-Kessler left WHEELS for a year to work with The Uganda Society for Disabled Children, and there she developed a passion for one-on-one counseling. Ms. Zar-Kessler returned to return to WHEELS as the Alumni Support Coordinator working with WHEELS' very first two class of alumni, who were also her first set of students.