At home in the classroom: Former Harlem resident returns to teach
Success Academy – February 8, 2019
When Tyreen Sims decided to change careers from psychologist to teacher, she hadn’t expected to work across the street from where she grew up — with a principal she’s known since elementary school. This is the happy accident that unfolded at Success Academy Harlem 2, where Tyreen started as a lead science teacher in 2015.
From playing hopscotch with her students at recess to posing brain-stretching math problems in Number Stories, Tyreen takes every opportunity to invest children in their own learning. The potential she sees in each one of her students — and the support systems in place to help teachers at SA unlock that potential —keep her energized and excited to be a teacher. Tyreen graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later earned a master’s in elementary education and teaching from Touro College.
She took us inside her school to show us exactly what makes it feel like home.