• Tiye Naeemah Cort

The Beginnings of a Black Educator

I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts, and I am of Guyanese-American descent. I attended high school at Boston Latin Academy, and following BLA, I attended college at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Though I spent my first two years of college studying Interior Design, I decided to focus my studies on Management with intentions of going into business. Following Wentworth, I spent two semesters studying Economics at Georgia State University, but returned to Boston and decided to take advantage of a teaching fellowship at the same all-girls independent middle school that I attended in my hometown of Dorchester, Massachusetts. It was through this teaching fellowship that I gained my first two years of professional teaching experience while studying for my MAT at Emmanuel College. Over the past two years, I have taught 4th gradeart, 5th and 6th gradestudy skills, 7th grade English and social studies, and 7th and 8th gradehigh school preparation. I have also coached soccer and worked as an administrator in the positions of Co-Curricular Enrichment and Mentor Program Coordinator and High School Placement Director. I have a deep and vested involvement in the arts as an abstract painter and a member of the Board of Directors for the Dorchester Arts Collaborative.

I never imagined that I would someday become a teacher. I thought that I would spend my life traveling the world in some kind of fun business-oriented position that allowed me to quench my wanderlust, make tons of money, and spend my life in constant happiness because of whatever successes I would eventually achieve. I had a very vague sense of what exactly I wanted to do as an adult, and narrowing everything down to one simple idea is still a difficulty.

Clearly, I have a diverse background, and I use that diversity of experiences to relate to my students in education. At a glance, my experiences may sound like a wealth of opportunities that happened to come my way, but in between each phase of study, educational institution, and career-building position, there is a in-depthstory. Nothing simply “fell into my lap”. It took hard work- discovering my talents, finding my niche, seeking opportunity, proving my potential, and success in advancement- along with the right counsel,and the right approach. I never want even the most privileged members of my classroom to feel as though anything can and should come easy when it comes to their education. I am a living testimony that there can be successin failure because everything that comes afterward is in YOUR hands.

- The Black Educator.


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