Match High School Team
Beatriz Acevedo I Associate Teacher
Mrs. Acevedo was born and raised here Boston. She earned a BA in Social and Political Systems from Pine Manor College. She is a first generation college graduate. She has dedicated her life to pursuing racial equity and economic justice in the city of Boston through youth development and community ministry. At the age of 15, Mrs. Acevedo co-founded a non-profit called Beantown Society, which is now in its 12th year of serving the Boston youths. During her free time, you can catch Mrs. Acevedo dancing, creating community art spaces and doing outreach work with her church to the most vulnerable and marginalized in the city of Boston.
MICHAEL AUGUSTIN | INCLUSION AIDE
Mr. Augustin earned his BFA in furniture design from John Herron School of Art in 1995 and a BSc in English Education from Indiana University in 2001. While working in Salem, MA, public schools for 6 years, he studied Special Education at Salem State University. He has spent the past few years teaching life skills to pre-teens. He enjoys cooking, gardening, and bicycling.
DESSIRETT BARBUDO I OPERATIONS MANAGER
Ms. Barbudo (Ms. B) was born in Caracas, Venezuela before moving to Connecticut. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in English and Political Science. She interned at the House of Representatives for Congressman Jim Himes, and soon after graduating joined Phoenix Charter Academy as an AmeriCorps Fellow. As an AmeriCorps Fellow she tutored ELL students for the ELA, Math and Biology MCAS as well as assisted the Front Office Manager there. In her spare time she is often reading or exploring new sushi places.
Caroline Bartlett | AP ENGLISH Language Teacher
Ms. Bartlett grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English and Classics. She came to Match as a member of the 2014-2015 Match Corps, working as a humanities tutor and the English 9 TA. She teaches both AP English Literature and AP English Language, and always has book recommendations.
LAUREN BAUER I INTERVENTION 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.
CHRISTINA BERNAL I INstructional AIDE
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.
JOHN Cunningham-ELDER | ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Mr. Cunningham-Elder was born and raised in Texas. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in English Literature at the University of Washington, he moved to Boston to become a member of Match Corps V and the Match Teacher Residency training program. Mr. Cunningham-Elder taught English and U.S. History at Phoenix Charter Academy Network, and served in additional roles as the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and the Director of School Culture. He was a Fellow with the Lynch Leadership Academy through Boston College in 2014-15. He has worked as the 6th Grade ELA Director of Literacy and Instruction at Match, and is excited to continue his work at Match High School as the Assistant Principal. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Educational Leadership at Boston College.
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 Esposito 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.
Ashley Davis | 9th grade Ela Teacher
Ms. Davis is a graduate of Kentucky State University, a small Historically Black college near her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she received her BA in English Literature. Ms. Davis taught Math, Writing, and Journalism courses through Breakthrough Collaborative, and is a proud product of the Match Teacher Residency graduate program. She is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, she's often reading, exploring Boston, or chatting with her loved ones back home.
Chloe Davis-Carden | Dean of Students
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 semiprofessional 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.
JANELLE ENGERMAN I ASSISTANT DEAN of students
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 | 9th Grade Algebra 1 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.
Amanda Gaudet I Social Worker
Ms. Gaudet graduated with a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MSW from Boston University. Throughout her career in Boston she has worked with adolescent and adult survivors of domestic violence, pregnant and parenting youth, and adults facing barriers to employment. She has also lived in three Latin American countries and is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Gaudet has provided clinical services at Match since 2015 through the Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships program. She loves working with young people and is constantly amazed and humbled by their resilience, creativity and curiosity.
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.
SARAH GRIMES I ALGEBRA 2/ FUNCTION ANALYSIS TEACHER
Ms. Grimes graduated from Worcester State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics. While in college, she worked at Upward Bound where she discovered her love for education. Sarah was a tutor at the high school last year and is hoping that will give her an advantage as a first year teacher this year. She is currently working toward a Masters in Effective Teaching from the Sposato Graduate School of Education. She will be teaching math as well as coaching the girls’ soccer team!
Tom Halpenny | 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.
Robert Hendricks | Director of student engagement
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
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.
ANDREW JARBOE | 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.
ALEXIS JOHNSON I MATCH CORPS DIRECTOR
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 English, 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. Returning to Match after ten years, this time as Corps Director, has been nothing short of inspiring. Alexis is confident that this year’s Corps will be as moved and motivated by their service as she was over a decade ago!
Mike Kearney I Social Worker/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.
Joanna Khalil | 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 | 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.
Ben Krasnick I Therapist
Mr. Krasnick graduated from Skidmore College in 2007 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Psychology. He then received his Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College in 2014. He has worked as an in-Home Therapy Clinician at The Home for Little Wanderers since 2012.
Hannah Larkin | Principal
Ms. Larkin grew up just outside of Boston, and she traveled west for college to attend Stanford University. While there, she tutored at East Palo Alto Charter School, which led her, after graduating, to Boston to join the Match Corps as a tutor. During her time at Match, Ms. Larkin has worked as a tutor, a 9th grade humanities teacher, Match Corps Director, and most recently, as the Principal. Ms. Larkin is passionate about making Match the best High School in Massachusetts.
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.
James Llyod I Environmental Science Teacher
ALDEVINO LIMA I SPECIAL EDUCATION tEACHER
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.
Meghan Maloney | Interim 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 11TH GRADE Chemistry 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. This year he'll be teaching Chemistry and he couldn't be more excited. In his free time he enjoys reading, traveling, watching the Ravens and exploring Boston!
Sandra Marques | 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 | MATH 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.
Alison McLean | 10TH GRADE Composition Teacher
Ms. McLean is a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.A., '07), St. John's University School of Law (J.D.,'10), and the Sposato Graduate School of Education (M.Ed., '13). She practiced as a family law attorney in New York prior to joining Match Corps 8. She began teaching at Match High School in 2012.
VICTORIA MUNSON | gym AND 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.
Omayra Nieves I Nurse
Nick Ortiz | Heritage Spanish Teacher
Señor Ortiz is our Spanish for Heritage Speakers teacher. He’s been working at Match since 2009, and teaches our juniors and seniors who already speak Spanish. In the classes, he guides the students through the many different countries and cultures of los hispanohablantes.
Christie Paul | 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 | 9th grade Physics Teacher
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.
NOEMILEY PEREZ I SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Ms. Perez 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, Nem also served as an instructional coach, learning specialist and taught several enrichment classes including yoga, botany and zumba. When she isn't teaching, Nem loves fishing, yoga, going on adventures, and spending time with friends and family.
Johnny Pham I Algebra 2 Teacher
Mr. Pham was born in California, but was raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in Computer Science and Economics. Afterwards, he joined the founding team at Roxbury Prep High School as part of Teach For America where he taught Computer Science, Algebra I, and Geometry. During this time, he also earned a Master of Education in Math Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys coding, playing video games, and dancing. He is excited to continue teaching math at Match!
Emily Quirk | american Literature Teacher
Ms. Quirk is a proud graduate of Bowdoin College, where she received a BA in English Literature. At Bowdoin, she worked as an SAT tutor and college prep coordinator for high school students in Portland, ME. After graduating, Ms. Quirk moved to Boston to join the Match Corps. She spent a year serving as both a tutor and a teaching assistant at the Match Middle School. Ms. Quirk is also a member of the Match Teacher Residency program, and she is looking forward to beginning her first year of teaching at Match High School! In her spare time, Ms. Quirk enjoys reading eighteenth and nineteenth century literature.
Noel Luciano Quivey | 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.
Angela Rossi i Paraprofessional/Life Skills Coach
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.
Joanna Sanborn i Director of College Counseling
Ms. Sanborn grew up in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree. After spending time as a Corps Member both in Teach For America (Phoenix) and the Peace Corps (Belize), she earned a M.Ed at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She worked for KIPP Foundation in San Francisco and then created the college counseling program at KIPP’s second high school in rural North Carolina. Ms. Sanborn lives in Roslindale with her husband and daughter.
Luis Sanchez I Assistant Dean of Students
Mr. Sanchez was born and raised in Boston, and is a proud Match Alum. After graduating from Match he went on to earn his degree from Boston College in 2012. While at B.C, he started broadcasting sports for WZBC 90.3FM which later earned him a job at ESPN in Bristol, CT. In 2015, he founded MyWSports, a women's sports website dedicated to improving and increasing media coverage on women's athletics. In his free time he coaches youth baseball in Boston's South End and continues to broadcast for ESPN.
Dana Siegel I Speech and Language Pathologist
Ms. Siegel 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, Ms. Siegel worked with pediatrics in multiple charter schools, preschools, homes, and clinical/rehabilitative settings all over New York City. Ms. Siegel 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.
Caraiah Stout I Associate Teacher
Ms. Stout is a very proud native of Philly. She studied Math and Secondary Education at St. Joseph's University where she received her BS. Throughout her time in college, she tutored Math and SAT prep to high school students which brought her to Match last year as a Math tutor and TA. This year she will be a part of the Match Teacher Residency program as a Math Associate Teacher! In her spare time you can find Ms. Stout going to a concert, Zumba classes or exploring Boston
Bess Thaler | 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.
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!
Annie Weiss I School Psychologist
Dr. Weiss graduated with a B.A. from Williams College and obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from Tulane University. She completed her clinical residency at Boston University Medical School at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology. Subsequently, she completed a post-doctoral clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School where she specialized in the treatment of children and adolescents with acute and chronic mental illness. Dr. Weiss is a former New Orleans Public School teacher and has a particular interest in helping students and teachers cope with the demands and stressors in the school environment. Most recently she was the Director of Psychological Services at Sci Academy, a charter school in New Orleans.
Shira Zar-Kessler | 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 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.