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.
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, 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.
Annie Shah, 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 6th year teaching in the BPS, she will be spending half her time in the classroom and the other half of her time with the Recruitment and Admissions Team at BTR. 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 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.