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Meet The Team

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Shanah Khan

Lead Operations Coordinator

Shanah is a Scottish-South Asian who has been part of Intersect Madrid since 2019, when she moved to Madrid. Her experience in teaching and academic background in International Relations fuels her passion for social justice from the local to global level. Her research and writing ranges from post-colonialism, human rights, and experiences of second-generation immigrants.  


When she's not teaching, she's likely reading about intersectional feminism or co-hosting her podcast Maneuvering about her lived experience as a South-Asian women navigating the personal and political.



Cristina Castillo

Educational Content Coordinator


Cristina joined Intersect Madrid in 2019 after teaching at various schools in Madrid for several years. Cristina boasts colorful roots as she was born in Guatemala where her father is from, and shares Puerto Rican heritage from her mother. She graduated with an Elementary Education degree in Florida and moved to Madrid in 2015. Cristina loves teaching and aims to educate each and every one of her students to become kind, feminist-thinking, little humans. Her passion is to continue teaching children about the world around them.


Cherish Joe

Cherish has been involved with Intersect Madrid since 2019. She started out as their very first intern while studying abroad in Madrid. Cherish is a Black American from a small town in central Michigan, USA. In her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion where she gave public workshops and counseling services on-campus for three years. After graduating, with a Bachelor’s of Art in Art Studio and Spanish, she moved to Madrid to teach English. While teaching, she earned a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Universidad de Alcalá. Currently, she is an English Teacher at a public high school in Madrid. Cherish is interested in combining art, culture and language social justice work. She often combines them in her lessons, artwork, and the content she provides for Intersect Madrid. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, meeting people from different backgrounds, making crafts, and learning new languages.


Grace Armstrong 

Originally from Walsall in the UK, Grace joined the Intersect Madrid team in 2021. Grace has lived in Madrid for almost four years and moved to the city after completing her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Spanish. Grace has gone on to work in several primary and infant schools in Madrid, and loves helping her little students grow, learn and understand the world better. Grace is neurodivergent, and a strong advocate for the neurodiversity movement. She is especially passionate about accessibility and eliminating ableism and deficit-model thinking from educational environments.


When not in the classroom, you’ll find Grace drinking coffee, in the gym or flicking between 50+ browser tabs of anti-colonial reading and restaurant reviews.

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Genevieve Peattie


Founder & Strategic Advisor

Genevieve is the founder of Intersect Madrid and started developing the initiative in 2017. Genevieve spent four years working in Madrid in bilingual education and set up the organisation to connect and empower educators to make positive changes in schools, with the aim of creating spaces where we could problem solve and think collectively about how to transform classrooms into sites of learning that were free from oppression. Genevieve is a proud Londoner with British and Jamaican heritage and currently works as a project officer in local government. Her work in the sector so far has ranged from street homelessness and exploitation to youth engagement and public health. She continues to advocate for social justice and intersectional approaches to public service in her daily practice, as well as volunteering virtually in the Intersect Madrid organising committee.

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Farah Elemara

Research and Content Coordinator


Farah is a Londoner of Iraqi heritage. She has over 6 years of classroom teaching experience having worked as a secondary Mathematics teacher across schools of varying socio-economic contexts both within the UK and internationally. She is currently completing a part-time MA in Social Justice and Education at UCL, specialising in research around education policy and the experience of minorities, migrants and refugees in national education systems. Her experiences professionally, academically and personally have all bolstered her interests in making schools happier, safer and more inspiring spaces. With Intersect, she develops CPD and resources for schools as well as participating in the delivery of training sessions. In her spare time she enjoys creating digital art and getting involved with animal rescue.

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