Match High School Team




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.



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.


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.


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 worked as the 6th Grade ELA Director of Literacy and Instruction at Match Next last year, and is excited to continue his work at Match High School this year as the Assistant Principal. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Educational Leadership at Boston College.



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 | English 9 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.



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 | 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.


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.



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 | Assistant Dean of students

Mr. Hendricks graduated from Miami University (OH) with a Bachelor’s in Math & Social Studies Education before going back to Miami for a Master's in Curriculum & Teacher Leadership. During college and grad school, he taught a variety of subjects and ages ranging from short term periods in elementary schools to full courses on the college level. With experiences working for Teach For America, the YMCA, community centers, and advising student organizations, Robert has discovered a passion in student development which he currently does at Match.  Outside of the classroom, he also coordinates the joy events for the school such as field trips and celebration weeks.

Aaron Hirsh | pre ap world history teacher

Mr. Hirsh began tutoring middle school students as an undergraduate at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After graduating, he moved to Boston to join the Match Corps as a tutor. Mr. Hirsh previously worked at Match as a teaching assistant for speech and composition and helped coach the track team to a successful season.



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.



Dr. Jarboe is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach US History at Match Charter High School. Prior to joining Match, Dr. Jarboe taught US and AP US History for five years at Roxbury Prep. Before that, he was a World History Teaching Assistant at Northeastern University, a World History teacher at Harlem Village Academies Charter High School, and a US History teacher for Teach for America. Dr. Jarboe holds a B.A. in History from Bates College, an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and a Ph.D. in World History from Northeastern University. He is the editor of War News in India: The Punjabi Press during World War I (I.B. Tauris, 2016) and co-editor of Empires in World War I (I.B. Tauris, 2014).



Mr. Johnson is excited to return to Match after two years of graduate school at Stanford University in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. Mr. Johnson started at Match originally as a member of Match Corps 7, and afterwards taught AP World History and founded Match's theater program. In addition to his teaching at Match, Mr. Johnson serves as the Director of Outreach for the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, and works as an actor, director, and playwright. He is passionate about sharing art with friends and family, and treasures his time as a member of the Match community.


Ms. Johnson is approaching her tenth 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. She is thrilled to be joining the staff of Match High School once again as Corps Director. Alexis is confident that this year’s Corps will be as moved and motivated by their service as she was a decade ago.

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.

Hannah Larkin | Principal

Ms. Larkin grew up just outside of Boston, and after graduating from Stanford University in 2008 she returned to Boston to join the Match Corps. After a year of tutoring and participating in the Match Teacher Residency program, Ms. Larkin taught 9th grade Speech & Composition for three years. She became the Assistant Match Corps director in 2012 and then moved into the role of Match Corps Director. In 2015, Ms. Larkin became the Principal of the High School. In her free time, Ms. Larkin enjoys cooking, skiing, traveling, and reading nerdy articles about the future of technology.

Tom Leger | a&p/chemistry 11 teacher

Mr. Leger graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a dual bachelor degree in History and Biological Sciences. At Cornell, he worked as a tutor and mentor to college freshmen and local area high school students. After graduating, he followed his passion for education to Match, where he has served this year as a tutor, english TA, 3-sport coach, and co-director of the Match Choir. Mr. Leger is thrilled for the opportunity to return next year and continue to promote student growth and success both in and outside of the classroom.



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 | ACADEMIC RESOURCES Teacher

Ms. Maloney, originally from Massachusetts, 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. She has also had the opportunity to teach abroad in Quito, Ecuador and Galway, Ireland. Most recently, Ms. Maloney was again teaching abroad working as a Science teacher at a middle school on the Island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Sandra Marques | Front Desk 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.


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 | Composition 10 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.



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.

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Ms. Ness BSN, RN graduated from Simmons College in 2011 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has experience in family medicine, pediatric/adolescent health, and school nursing. In her free time she enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her husband and cat Santa Claws.

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.


Ms. Pattabiraman is joining Match as an Algebra 2 / Precalculus teacher. Prior, she worked with Mass Insight Education, supporting school districts and states across the country with developing strategies for turning around low-performing schools and expanding AP course offerings. She also taught SAT preparation courses with Revolution Prep. Ms. Pattabiraman grew up in New Jersey and received a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, watching live music, and traveling.


Christie Paul | Director of Operations

Ms. Paul has worked full-time at Match for the past 8 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 High School 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 earned her B.A. from there and is now working toward her MBA from the Boston University School of Management.



Ms. Perez graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a bachelors 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.

Chris Perez | Physics Teacher

Mr. Perez is a graduate of Tufts University, where he studied clinical psychology and child development while preparing for medical school.  He then spent a year in the Match Corps working as a high school physics teaching assistant and tutor of geometry, algebra, and precalculus.  During that year, he realized that teaching (and physics) were his true passions and returned to Match Teacher Residency the following year, continuing to work with the physics curriculum as well as for the Match Corps recruitment team.  In his free time, Mr. Perez is an avid movie watcher, runner, and sailor.

Emily Quirk | World 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 | English 10 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.

Joanna Sanborn, 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.


Mr. Shieh was born in Taiwan and raised in California. He attended college at the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a BS in Human Biology. Mr. Shieh tutored students around LA in math and science for two years before coming to Match. As part of Match Corps XII, Mr. Shieh tutored 6th grade math at Match Next before transitioning to teaching chemistry at Match High. In his free time he likes to read, play basketball, and play sandbox games.

Bess Thaler | 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.


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.