Stacy birdsell | Director of HUMANITIES Training
Ms. Birdsell was the founding Head of Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Rhode Island. Prior to that, she worked for Democracy Prep charter schools in Harlem, as a teacher and director of culture and enrichment, where she was Teacher of the Year. Ms. Birdsell has a Master's Degree in Library Science from Queens College, a Master's Degree of Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard, and a B.A. from Tufts University.
Jawad Brown | Director of CLASSROOM CULTURE
Mr. Brown spent the past six years at Boston Collegiate Charter School as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher, basketball coach, and enrichment advisor. Before that, he taught as a student teacher in Tallahassee and an Intern Teacher at The Epiphany School in Dorchester. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. from Florida A&M University and a Master of Science degree in Education from Simmons College.
MICHELLE KALAW | DIRECTOR OF CLASSROOM CULTURE
Ms. Kalaw began her career as a teaching fellow with Citizen Schools Boston, working at McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, MA. She then worked as a resource teacher and a life skills teacher in the Peace Corps, serving in southern Africa. Prior to joining Sposato, Ms. Kalaw taught upper elementary and middle school science for five years at Ascend Charter School and Success Academy in New York. She holds a B.A. in Biology and Sociology from Columbia University and a Master's in Education from Lesley University.
Clara Kang | Director of Operations
Ms. Kang worked as a Match Corps tutor at Match Community Day School before joining the Sposato team full time. Prior to moving to Boston and joining Match, she was a Fulbright English teacher in Gwangju, South Korea. She has a B.A. from Haverford College.
Stig Leschly | Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Leschly is the CEO of Match's related entities -- Match Public Charter School, The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, and The Match Foundation, Inc. Prior to joining Match, Mr. Leschly was the founder and managing partner of the Newark Charter School Fund. The fund supported the charter school sector in Newark, NJ and advanced reform of Newark's public school system during the first term of Mayor Booker. Prior to his work in Newark, Mr. Leschly was a full-time lecturer at Harvard Business School where his teaching and research focused on entrepreneurship and education reform. In the late 1990's, he was the CEO and founder of Exchange.com, an early competitor to eBAY.com that was acquired by Amazon.com. Mr. Leschly has a BA in Comparative Literature (Summa Cum Laude) from Princeton University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Elena Luna | Director of Partnerships
Prior to joining the Sposato team, Ms. Luna worked at ACE Charter School in San Jose, CA as Principal and before that, served as a national award-winning teacher and Principal at KIPP Adelante, a charter middle school in San Diego. Ms. Luna received her B.A. from San Diego State University and her Master of Arts in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University.
Laura Mahajan | Director of Coaching
Prior to her role in designing the Sposato program, Ms. Mahajan was a Social Studies teacher in the KIPP middle school in Harlem, NY. She began her career as a Match Corps tutor, and holds her Master of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
Scott McCue | DEAN
Mr. McCue worked as founding Head at Boston Preparatory Charter Public School, from 2002-2012. Before founding BPCPS, he taught History at the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School and in the New York City Public Schools. He has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University and A.B. from Harvard University.
Dana SALVIA | Director of elementary training
Ms. Salvia has been working in urban education for 10 years, and began her career in 2006 as a middle school math teacher in Maryland. She went on to teach for the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a no-excuses charter school in Hyde Park, MA for six years. After earning her Master's in Educational Leadership from Simmons College, Ms. Salvia transitioned to a founding Dean of Curriculum role at UP Academy Dorchester. After three years in education turnaround, Ms. Salvia joined the Sposato team as Director of Elementary Training.
Christine Schepeler | Director of Math and Science Training
Ms. Schepeler worked as a Science Teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School and as an Sposato coach before joining the Sposato team full-time. Prior to working at BCCS, Ms. Schepeler taught Match and Science as a TFA Corps Member in Phoenix, AZ. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Arizona State University, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Whitney Schultz | Director of Elementary Training
Before joining the Sposato team, Ms. Schultz worked as a founding Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at UP Academy Dorchester. She began her teaching career with TFA in New York City, and has since worked as the Coordinator of Alumni Affairs for TFA and as a teacher and special education coordinator in the Edward Brooke Charter School network. Ms. Schultz holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Master's in Special Education from Pace University.