With their easy, teasing banter, Crismel Calderon and Sheetal Shah could be sisters or schoolmates as they sit side by side, hunting through a thesaurus for the right word to describe a character in Gloria Naylor’s novel, ”The Women of Brewster Place.”
”How do you say this word: ‘pom-poos’?” Calderon asks, brow furrowed.”Pompous,” Shah enunciates, then defines it.”Oh, I like that,” Calderon exclaims, brightening. ”It describes a lot of them.”
Each MATCH tutor works with four or five students throughout the year in mandatory tutorial periods. Tutors live in a dorm upstairs in the school building, a former auto parts shop. Shah gave up a high-paid corporate consulting job to tutor at MATCH, which stands for Media and Technology Charter High.