Match Corps: Cohort XVI

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Fareen Ahmed

Ms. Ahmed is a Bengali-American who was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. She obtained an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. This school year, she is looking forward to growing with Match. In her free time, she likes to garden, visit art museums, and do DIYs.

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Devin Baker

Ms. Baker grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She went to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where she studied Art History and Spanish. She is looking forward to working with students and getting to know the Match team. She likes to play lacrosse, attend concerts and travel.

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Shalini Chandrakanth

Ms. Chandrakanth grew up in Naperville, IL and moved to the Boston area to attend college at Bentley University. She studied Managerial Economics and Supply Chain Management. She is looking forward to learning more about the students at MHS and their individual identities. She likes to do yoga at CorePower Yoga and travel internationally.


Alejandra Colmenares

Ms. Colmenares grew up in Orlando, FL before attending Kenyon College to study Psychology and Neuroscience. She is looking forward to stepping outside of her comfort zone and learning from her peers. She likes to listen to podcasts and go on walks with no real destination in mind.

Safiyyah Elahi

Ms. Elahi grew up in New London, Connecticut. She attended University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she studied Public Health. This school year, she is looking forward to fostering new connections.In her free time, she likes to shop for new water bottles and play lax!


Kathleen Leonard

Ms. Leonard is from Ohio, northern Virginia, and upstate New York. She attended Oberlin College and double majored in English and Theater. She is looking forward to taking advantage of the arts in the Boston area. She likes to read, perform, or spend time outside hiking, camping and adventuring.

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Omar Mahmoud

Mr. Mahmoud grew up in the Lehigh Valley, near Philadelphia, PA. There he studied mathematics, physics and sociology at Temple University. He is looking forward to introducing students to more real world uses for math. He likes to rock climb, scuba dive, and ride motorcycles.

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Imogen Nelson

Ms. Nelson is from and grew up in Cambridge, MA. She attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut and studied English. She is looking forward to connecting with students and growing with them throughout the year. She likes to watch movies, read, listen to music and play frisbee and soccer.

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Christine O'Connell

Ms. O'Connell grew up in Cary, North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University, majoring in neuroscience and double minor in Spanish and chemistry. She is looking forward to immersing herself in the Match community and exploring Boston. She likes to attend Duke basketball games, ski, and play Ultimate Frisbee.

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Sarah Shadowens

Ms. Shadowens grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and recently graduated from Bowdoin College, where she studied Religion and Chinese. This school year, she is looking forward to exploring Boston. In her free time she enjoys music, making art, and hiking.

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Stefanie Zitka

Ms. Zitka grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and received a bachelors in Sociology. She is looking forward to working with the students at Match and learning from them as well! She likes to go see local theatre productions and take Barre classes.