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

Anna Carson, Program Associate for Talent
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Ms. Carson recently graduated from Tulane University, where she was an Education Fellow at the Center for Public Service and a recipient of the 2014 Top 25 Leaders in Service Award. She also worked part time during her studies, as a Program Associate with TNTP/TeachNOLA, and an intern at the Recovery School District. A proud graduate of BPS, Ms. Carson is thrilled to be returning to her hometown to work in service of Boston students.

Emily Harris, Recruiter
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Emily Harris recruits talented, diverse teacher candidates for the Boston Teacher Residency program. Prior to coming to BTR, Ms. Harris served as Program Coordinator 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.

Meryum Kazmi, Admissions Associate
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Before joining BPE, Ms. Kazmi worked as an AmeriCorps Urban Fellow at Phoenix Charter Academy, an alternative high school in Chelsea, MA, and as a Corps Member at City Year Boston, where she organized a service-learning program for middle school students called Young Heroes. She has also served as a staff member for the Fawakih Institute, organizing Arabic language programs. Ms. Kazmi graduated with a BA in history from Georgetown University, where she first developed her passion for serving urban youth after mentoring court-involved teenagers in Washington, DC.

Anthony Mathieu, Graduate Recruiter
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Anthony Mathieu is a recent graduate of BTR Cohort 10 and teaches English Language Arts and Humanities. Born and raised in the city of Boston, Anthony is excited to be returning to teach in Boston Public Schools. Upon graduating from high school in 2008, he received a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation to attend Hamilton College, where received a B.A. in Government. When he is not in the classroom, Anthony enjoys creating Hip-Hop music and reading.

Kayla Morse, Graduate Recruiter
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Kayla Morse, a BTR Cohort 9 graduate, is a native Floridian from the Greater Orlando area, a proud alumna of the University of Florida [Class of 2011], and an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  Prior to joining BTR, Kayla served as a teacher intern at Breakthrough Greater Boston [formerly Breakthrough Cambridge] during the summers of 2009 and 2010.  Kayla completed her BTR residency in a fifth grade classroom at Young Achievers K-8 School in Mattapan, and has her dual license in Special Education. After serving as a full inclusion educator for two years at the William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester, she will be joining the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School as a Founding 3rd grade teacher this school year.

Judy Vance, Director of Talent
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Judy Vance is the Director of Talent, providing strategic direction in the area of recruitment for BPE staff and all its programs. Ms. Vance has over 15 years of Human Resources experience, working with Reebok International, Fleet Financial and more recently with Boston Public Schools (BPS), where she was the Director of Recruitment and Workforce Planning. While at BPS, Ms. Vance also worked with the Office of Family and Student Engagement developing programs to support students and their families. Ms. Vance holds a BS degree from Emerson College.

Residents & Graduates

BTR Cohort 11

Congratulations to BTR Cohort 11, 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 11 include 7 Breakthrough Collaborative alumni, 4 first-generation college graduates, 4 City Year alumni, 4 Jumpstart alumni, 2 Fulbright Fellows, 2 Citizen Schools alumni, 1 Posse Scholar, and 1 proud alumni of the Boston Public Schools. They joined BTR with work/life experiences in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, The Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Vietnam, and the Virgin Islands—as well as close knowledge of local communities in Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Revere, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury.  Former Peace Corps volunteers, Upward Bound counselors, finance directors, Engineers Without Borders, community farmers, environmental activists, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs workers, interpreters/translators, paraprofessionals, playgroup leaders, public health educators, porcupine handlers, coaches, tutors, mentors, and volunteers—the graduates of BTR Cohort 11 exemplified passion, commitment, and perseverance throughout their residency year.  To view their bios, please click here.

BTR Cohort 12

We are proud to welcome the incredibly talented residents of BTR Cohort 12, 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 41 residents 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 residents of BTR Cohort 12 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

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