Our Team

The staff at Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) brings a diverse range of backgrounds and professional experience to the table. They oversee all aspects of the organization, ensuring that every child in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) has what it takes to succeed — not just a teacher who wants to help, but a teacher who’s ready to teach.

BTR is a program of BPE. For a full list of BPE staff, please visit BPE Staff Listing


Recruitment & Admissions

Emily Harris, Director of Talent
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Emily Harris is the Director of Talent, providing strategic direction in the areas of recruitment and selection for the talent pipelines across BPE—the teacher residency, Promise Corps, teaching academy schools, and central staff. Ms. Harris previously served as a recruiter for BPE. Prior to joining BPE, she worked for Young Voices, a RI non-profit organization working to transform youth into powerful advocates who partner with major state leaders to create systemic reform and policy change in RI. While at Young Voices, she supported high school students to partner with school leadership in the redesign of their turnaround schools. She also conducted research in New York City on nutrition and physical activity for group child care centers, and worked as an AmeriCorps After-School Coordinator at the West End Community School in Providence. Ms. Harris holds a BA in English from Juniata College and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

Jaylee Oberg, Recruiter
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Jaylee Oberg recruits talented, diverse candidates for the talent pipelines across BPE—the teacher residency, Promise Corps, teaching academy schools, and central staff. Prior to coming to BPE, Ms. Oberg was part of City Year Denver’s founding year and worked as a recruiter for start-ups in the Boston area. She is proud mama to a boston terrier puppy, an adventurous yogi, and a huge advocate for spontaneous dance parties. Ms. Oberg holds a BA in Communications from Framingham University and completed a Dale Carnegie course in public speaking.

Andrea Reynolds, Sr. Talent Associate
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Andrea Reynolds manages recruitment and selection systems and processes for the talent pipelines across BPE - the teacher residency, Promise Corps, teaching academy schools, and central staff. Prior to joining BPE, Ms. Reynolds worked as a legal, and then scientific training program coordinator in the Boston area. She is a native Vermonter that calls Boston home, and a proud Pembroke Welsh Corgi mom. Ms. Reynolds graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in Italian Studies and a certificate from the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts.

Residents & Graduates

BTR Cohort 13

We are proud to welcome the incredibly talented residents of BTR Cohort 13, who bring with them a diverse set of experiences yet a common passion for and commitment to providing a quality education for all students. Carefully selected from an outstanding applicant pool of over 400, the 37 residents of Cohort 13 include 12 first-generation college graduates, 7 Breakthrough Collaborative alumni, 5 City Year alumni, 4 BPE Dudley Promise Corps alumni, 2 proud alumni of the Boston Public Schools, 2 Posse Scholars, and 2 Citizen Schools alumni. They bring with them broad international work/life experiences in China, Germany, Ghana, Nicaragua, South Africa, and South America—as well as close knowledge of local communities in Cambridge, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Former Peer Health Exchange teachers, engineers, substitute teachers, Boys and Girls Clubs workers, social workers, paraprofessionals, campus leaders, tutors, and mentors —the residents of BTR Cohort 13 represent a remarkable spirit of service and a strong commitment to the diverse communities they’ve been a part of. To view their bios, please Click Here

BTR Cohort 12

Congratulations to BTR Cohort 12, who join our growing alumni network of over 500 graduates teaching in BPS. We are extremely proud of all their hard work, and we are excited to continue working with them over the next three years and beyond. Graduates of Cohort 12 include 8 first-generation college graduates, 7 City Year alumni, 5 Breakthrough Collaborative alumni, 3 proud alumni of the Boston Public Schools, 2 Posse Scholars, 2 Citizen Schools alumni, 2 BPE Dudley Promise Corps alumni, and 1 Fulbright Fellow. They bring with them broad international work/life experiences in China, Brazil, Bulgaria, South Korea, Qatar, Mexico, Paris and the United Kingdom—as well as close knowledge of local communities in Cambridge, Brookline, Fenway, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and Roxbury. Former community organizers, data and systems analysts, Peace Corps volunteers, resident advisors, publishers, teacher assistants, social workers, BPS substitute teachers, design and software engineers, international teaching fellows, student activists, graphic design artists, research scientists, interpreters, drummers, coaches, tutors, mentors, and volunteers—the graduates of BTR Cohort 12 exemplified passion, commitment, and perseverance throughout their residency year. To view their bios, please Click Here



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