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
Carolyn Chen, Director of Recruitment & Admissions
Prior to joining BPE, Ms. Chen worked in arts and higher education administration with the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University, the Tufts Center for Neuroscience Research, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the New York City Opera. She also taught for three years as a music instructor at a middle school in Virginia, and continues to teach flute as a private instructor for students of all ages and levels. Ms. Chen holds a B.A. in English and music from the University of Virginia, where she was the recipient of the Michael Wagenheim scholarship for academic excellence in English literature and the Morrison Prize for Music in recognition for her research on issues of race, gender, and identity in music performance and film. Ms. Chen joined BTR in 2007 in a development capacity, and has worked in recruitment and admissions since 2008.
Emily Harris, Recruiter
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.
Jing He, Program Associate
Ms. He holds a BS in Business and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University where she was an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars Award recipient. Before coming to BTR in 2011, Ms. He worked as a marketing analyst for a web-based company in Boston. She has also worked as a business counselor at Chinatown Manpower Project in New York City where she provided training and grant services to local small business owners.
Meryum Kazmi, Admissions Associate
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
Anthony Mathieu is a recent graduate of BTR Cohort 10 and teaches English Language Arts and Humanities at Boston Latin Academy. Born and raised in the city of Boston, Anthony is excited to be returning to his alma mater of BLA as a teacher. 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
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. She recently completed her dual license in Special Education is now in her second year teaching at the William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester, where she serves as a full inclusion educator.
Annie Shah, Graduate Recruiter
Ms. Shah teaches Literacy and a year-long experiential study of Boston Neighborhoods that she co-designed for her second grade students at the Young Achievers Science & Math Pilot School in Mattapan. Entering her 7th year teaching in the BPS, she will be serving as a Collaborating Teacher for a BTR Cohort 11 resident, and participating on the BTR Graduate Recruitment Team. Ms. Shah has been connected to Boston Teacher Residency since 2007, and is a proud graduate of BTR Cohort 4. Prior to embarking on her career in education, Ms. Shah received a dual degree in International Relations and Public Relations from Boston University. She also studied aboard the S.S. Universe Explorer and circumnavigated the world on a traveling campus. Ms. Shah is most passionate about creating a bridge between schools, community leaders, and organizations to help build a strong sense of community and civic engagement for Boston youth.
Residents & Graduates
BTR Cohort 11
We are incredibly proud to welcome the talented residents of BTR Cohort 11, who bring with them a diverse set of experiences and perspectives yet a common passion for and commitment to providing a quality education for all students. Carefully selected from an outstanding applicant pool of over 500, the 61 residents of Cohort 11 include 7 Breakthrough Collaborative alumni, 5 City Year alumni, 5 first-generation college graduates, 4 Jumpstart alumni, 2 Posse Scholars, 2 Fulbright Fellows, 2 Citizen Schools alumni, and 2 proud alumni of the Boston Public Schools. They bring with them broad international work/life experiences in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, The Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Isreal, 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 residents of BTR Cohort 11 represent an incredible 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 10
The 66 residents of BTR Cohort 10 represent a talented and diverse community of individuals who are committed to improving instruction and elevating student achievement in Boston Public Schools. They have been carefully selected from a pool of 600 applications, and include: 2 Fulbright Fellows; 5 finalists/recipients of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color; 2 Posse Scholars; 6 Breakthrough Collaborative alumni; 2 City Year alumni; and 7 proud graduates of the Boston Public Schools. From Partners in Health to the Harlem Children’s Zone, from Roxbury to Port-au-Prince, from IBM to NASA, and from Project Hope to Project HIP-HOP, Cohort 10 residents come from and bring with them a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds as former lawyers, engineers, scientists, community activists, coaches, students, and volunteers. To view their bios, please click here.