Match High School Team

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Janice Abel I English Teacher

Ms. Abel is a native of Brockton and attended Brockton High School. She then went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied English. She is looking forward to growth. In her free time she likes to dance, write, watch movies/shows or draw.

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Oreoluwa Afon I Health/Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Afon grew up in Grayson, GA (an hour outside of Atlanta) and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she studied Psychology, Global Health, and Creative Writing. She is excited to be joining the effort to close the education gap in Boston. She likes to journal, write short stories, read, make new recipes, travel, and nap.


Chanelle Baker I Special Education/One Goal 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.


Jonathan Bassett I 10th Grade History Teacher

Mr. Bassett grew up in Brookline, and has a BA in history from Columbia. He is looking forward to diving into tenth grade world history with the students at Match. He likes to cook, ride his bicycle, and race sailboats.


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.


Jon Beck I Assistant Principal

Mr. Beck grew up in Brookline, just down the street from Match High School. He attended Ithaca College, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science. He earned his Masters degree in Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. He is looking forward to working with high schoolers. In his free time, Mr. Beck enjoys time with his daughter, nature, and sports. Prior to Match, he worked as the Direction of Operations at Roxbury Prep.


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.


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.

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Michelle Davidson I Math Teacher

Ms. Davidson grew up in Newton, MA. She went to the University of Richmond for undergrad and studied Psychology. She is looking forward to getting to know the students and helping them learn and love mat. She likes to exercise, cook, spend time with family.


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!

Joey Gallagher I Special Education Director

Mr. Gallagher is from Barrington, IL. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, and Dance. He is looking forward to getting to know Match students as well as a new city. In his free time, he likes to bike, run, cook, practice yoga, and watch movies. Before coming to Match, he worked at the Carmen Schools of Science & Technology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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.


Steve Gornstein I Match Corps Director

Mr. Gornstein is from Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. He is a Match Corps Alum. This school year, he is looking forward to rejoining the MHS community. In his free time, he likes to read, run, and play guitar. Prior to Match, he studied Education Policy and Management at Harvard.


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.


Tom Halpenny I AP World History Teacher and Department Chair

Mr. Halpenny grew up in Hawaii and came to Boston a really long time ago to study political science at Boston College. He is going into his sixth year at Match and his thirteenth year in education. Outside of school he plays and watches a lot of soccer and listens to way too many podcasts. His favorite thing on earth is his dog, Archie

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LaTasha Harris I Associate Teacher

Ms. Harris grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. She studied Political Science, History & Journalism at Anderson University in Indiana. She is looking forward to getting to know her new students & colleagues, and making new friends. She likes to travel, read, listen to music, cook, and spend time with family.

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Erika Haverty I Special Education Teacher

Ms. Haverty is from Northbridge, MA. She went to the College of the Holy Cross and studied English. She is looking forward to teaching and getting to know her students. She loves to be outside and spend time with friends and family.


Noemiley Higgins I Special Education Teacher

Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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.

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Travis Hites I Associate Teacher

Mr. Hites grew up in Temple, TX. He studied Physics at Sam Houston State University. He is looking forward to living in Boston and getting to know a new city. He like to play sports such as hockey and golf, in his free time.

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Cathy Huang I Math Department Chair

Ms. Huang studied economics and education at Yale and Brown University while community organizing and coordinating refugee resettlement support in New Haven and Providence. This school year she is looking forward to coaching and learning alongside math teachers. In her free time, she enjoys hikes with her dog. Before coming to Match, she taught middle and high school in RI and founded a cross country team.


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.

Rachelle Innocent I Social Worker

Ms. Innocent grew up in Brockton. She earned her bachelor’s in Clinical Psychology and Child Development from Tufts University. She is looking forward to reconnecting with old students and supporting students and families. She likes to sew, bake, cook, hike, sing, or enjoy one of her many other hobbies.

Derrick James I Chemistry Teacher


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.


Sara Jennings I Assistant Principal

Mrs. Jennings is Eritrean-American. She attended the University of Connecticut where she earned a Bachelors in Science & Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She is looking forward to building relationships within the Match Community. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike and eat delicious food. Prior to Match, she has worked as a Science Teacher both within and outside the United States.


Alexis Johnson I Principal

Ms. Johnson is approaching her twelfth year in the field of education, and she is proud to have worked with high -achieving charter schools everywhere from Boston to Roxbury to Brooklyn. After completing her service year with Match High School’s Match Corps III, Ms. Johnson knew she had found her calling and shortly thereafter became the English Teaching Fellow at City on a Hill Charter Public High School in Roxbury, MA. Two years later, after earning her Master of Arts in Teaching, she moved to South Brooklyn to join the founding team at Coney Island Prep Charter Public School. There Ms. Johnson served as everything from Founding Writing Teacher to Dean of Students to Founding High School Principal. As a new mother, she returned to the classroom to teach 9th grade Literature.

Isaiah Johnson I School Culture Fellow


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.


Katherine Keller I Special Education 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.

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Matt Kelsey I Social Worker

Mr. Kelsey grew up in Cambridge, MA and studied History at Skidmore College. He is looking forward to getting to know the students and being involved in sports. He likes to play soccer, read, spend time at the beach, and watch Boston sports.

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.

Nyzaun King I Lunch Assistant


Kimberly Krayacich I Special Education Teacher

Ms. Krayacich is originally from Canada but she grew up in New Jersey. She attended Amherst College where she studied French and Psychology. She is looking forward to meeting new people and exploring Boston. She likes to read, play squash, and be outside. She has worked as an assistant teacher in a public school in Harlem.

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.


Ashley LaCavalla I Director of College Counseling

Ms. LaCavalla is from Rockland County, NY. She spent her high school years in Lake Placid, NY and college years in Boston. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College. She is looking forward to working hard to highlight students' skills and strengths to colleges. In her free time she loves to ride mountain bikes, run, watch netflix, and relax with her family. She previously worked at The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Downtown Brooklyn.

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.

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Jamica Legrand I Associate Teacher

Ms. Legrand is from Rockland County, NY. She attended SUNY Oswego where she got her degree in Adolescent Ed. and English. She is looking forward to meeting the future leaders of the world. She loves to participate in local activities she's never tried before.

Tiffany Lewallen I Director of Mental Health

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 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 II 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 and Department Chair

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.


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.

Emily Mitchell I Math Teacher

Ms. Mitchell grew up in York, Maine. She attended Emory University, University of New England, and the United States Military Academy.  She studied neuroscience. She is looking forward to getting to realize her dream of teaching. She enjoys listening to country music, taking photographs, traveling, and trying new food. Before Match, she worked with a Swiss medical equipment manufacturing company.

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Micah Nelson I Associate Teacher

Ms. Nelson grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended NYU and has a BA in Africana Studies and an MPA specializing in International Policy and Management. She is looking forward to growing as a teacher and being a member of the Match team. In her free time she likes to go running, listen to podcasts of all sorts, and attempt to bake bread.

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Christie Paul I Director of Operations

Ms. Paul has worked full-time at Match for the past 13 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.

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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.



Mr. Rashidi was born in the Bay Area, California, and has called it home all his life. He went to Pomona College in Claremont, California, and majored in Economics. He is looking forward to meeting all the students and starting his career as a teacher. He likes to run, listen to music, watch basketball, and hang out with friends. He has worked at various summer camps in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.


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.


Nery Sanchez-Roman I Spanish Teacher

Mr. Sanchez-Roman was born and raised in Boston, MA. He attended UMASS Boston where he he studied Psychology, Spanish, and Education. He is looking forward to expand his skills and working with students. He likes to exercise, watch netflix shows, and read.


Bridget Serpe I Associate Teacher

Ms. Serpe grew up in Long Island, NY. She went to UMass Amherst and studied sociology and psychology, with certificates in criminology and social work. She is looking forward to helping students understand, not memorize, their work. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family. Prior to Match, she worked for a law firm with Geico Insurance.

Kristin Shapiro I College Tutor


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.

Kasey Tenggren I Environmental Science Teacher

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.


Jesse Victoroff I Computer Science Teacher

Mr. Victoroff grew up in Los Angeles (Pacific Palisades). He went to Dartmouth College where he studied Materials Engineering. He is looking forward to learning how individual teachers can best address the achievement gap. In his free time he does yoga, plays tennis, reads and writes. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company.


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 assistant for Geometry. 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 College Counselor

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 WHEELS as the Alumni Support Coordinator working with WHEELS' very first two class of alumni, who were also her first set of students.