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Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education.
Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education.

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"The first thing they teach you in med school is how to interview a patient. There are two parts. One is the medicine behind it, so you know what to ask. The other is listening and building a relationship. Unless you do that, you won't get the information you need to treat your patient. Some of that is just little things like not staring at the computer. But it's also things like creating a safe space and validating people's feelings of pain and frustration. The whole point of med school is learning the first part. Learning the second is harder. Match Corps gave me a head start on that. I chose a year in the Corps because I wasn't quite ready for med school. Match had the teaching aspect, but also the community aspect I wanted. I wasn't alone in some city; I was immersed in a school community that works actively to show its members -- staff, students, families -- how much it values them." -Renuka Shukla, former Match Corps member at Match Community Day and current first-year medical student at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. #service #education #matchcorpsstories #matchcorps
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"Pretty much forever I wanted to be a doctor. I loved the sciences, loved working with people. After college, I wanted to take a year or two and do something useful before medical school. I was born in Dorchester. So are lots of Match students. I hit the lottery, though, because my parents were middle class and educated. I wanted to capitalize on that luck in a way that helped other people. So I joined the Corps. Sitting at home over winter break of my Match Corps year, I realized I missed my kids more than anything. I said to myself, 'I love this work. It makes me happy. I'm going to keep doing it until I'm not happy.' So I applied for the Teacher Residency. I love teaching science. We get to explain the way the world works. Every day there's a space at the bottom of the notes sheet for students to write any observation or burning question they have. At the end of the week, I type up answers to all of their questions and choose one for a class called Physics is Life." -- Chris Perez, former Match Corps member and current ninth-grade physics teacher at Match High School. ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎service‬ ‪#‎matchcorpsstories‬
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"When I was in college I volunteered quite a bit in Atlanta Public Schools. I was struck by two things. One was that kids could get to high school with such a glaring lack of basic skills. The other was how fortunate I'd been to have parents who were educators. My dad was a high-school principal. I grew up visiting him at work in the afternoons after I got out of school. By the time I got there as a student, it felt like home. I was the only black girl in the honors track. And so many of my Spelman sisters had experiences like that. We were the lucky ones. We all left behind dozens and dozens of our friends. I thought I should do something about it. My stepmom sent me a post about the Match Corps on Idealist and it looked like a cool thing to do for a year. First I fell in love with my kids. Then I fell in love with the school and the Corps. There's this trench mentality that comes from living and working with forty of your best friends. Five years later I was running the program." -- Alia McCants, former Match Corps member and Match Corps Director at Match High School, 2013 Columbia Business SChool graduate, and current Director of Alumni Affairs at Relay Graduate School of Education. #matchcorps #education #service #matchcorpsstories
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"I'm from right down the road in Mattapan. I knew I wanted to come back to Boston after graduation. I went to school in Florida, so it was basically a four-year vacation. You have no idea how many times I went to Disney World. I knew I wanted to work with kids; the Match Corps was the only job I applied to. But middle schoolers were new for me. They'd say, 'Ms. Hagood, you're only like ten years older than us.' At first I didn't feel like I had that much authority with them, but I grew into it. The coolest thing about the Corps was living with eight other people from all over the country. The experience was harder than anyone expected. I was inspired by my friends' dedication. No matter what, we stuck together for our students and the school. I'm moved by the growth I've seen in our kids. The sixth graders I tutored during my Corps year have blossomed into their own people. I've grown a lot, too. They used to call me 'Question Mark' because I'd ask so many questions to make sure I was doing things right. I'm a more confident leader now." -- Cherisse Hagood, former Match Corps Member and current Office Manager at Match Middle School. #service #education #matchcorps
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We're only 4 days away from Signing Day, when the Class of 2015 will announce their college choices: https://www.facebook.com/matcheducation/posts/912674385437547 #classof2015

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"I grew up in a low-key beach town in California. Most people wanted to grow up and get jobs that would let them take off during the day and go surfing. My little brother is seven years younger than me. I took care of him a lot. When I came out East for college, I missed that connection, so I spent a lot of time volunteering and working with kids. My mom always said I should be teacher, so I wanted to do the opposite. My mind changed when I saw a posting for Match Corps and the Teacher Residency on the Emory career site. Something clicked. I was like, 'I can really do this.' The thing that really inspires me about this work is the growth students can make in a single school year. Many of my kids spoke virtually no English this past September. Now those students are explaining their own ideas in complex academic sentences." --Amber Lakin, Match Corps IX at Match Community Day and now a third-grade teacher at Arlington Community Day in Lawrence, MA. #matchcorps #education Match Corps #service
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