Meet Tylea Powell, M.S.
TEACH Operations Manager
Tylea is a testament to the lasting impact that education can make on a young student’s life. Driven by her curiosity, motivation and encouragement from family members, she’d go on to become the first in her family to graduate college, then go on to earn a graduate degree and a certification in Behavior Analysis – and setting the example for her eight brothers and sisters!
Putting her credentials in Applied Behavior Analysis to work, Tylea spent the early part of her career working with children with developmental disabilities, experiencing first-hand the power that nonverbal communication strategies can have on learning environments. Today, as TEACH’s Operations Manager, Tylea is committed to TEACH’s mission and having a positive change on students’ lives by supporting the work of her colleagues through a variety of operational responsibilities – from managing calendars to drafting reports. When she’s not doing her part to help advance education, Tylea is planning her next travel adventure alongside her pup, Maji.
TEACH: When did your interest/experience in education begin?
TP: I am the first of my eight brothers and sisters to get my undergraduate and graduate degrees. A lot of that came from my own motivation and drive to push forward and better myself. My father didn’t graduate high school and didn’t really encourage education. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized just how important education is, and I wish I would’ve been better prepared for school when I was younger. I see how that experience impacted me, and I understand how impactful encouragement can be for young students. I’m proud to have set that example for my brothers and sisters; many of them have followed in my footsteps.
TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
TP: I always called her Mrs. G. She was my English teacher in high school for two grades. I was not the greatest in English at the time and had to take remedial classes, which was super discouraging. However, Mrs. G worked with me endlessly, even during lunch to make sure I was prepared. She was fun and kind, even tough at times, but she saw my potential. I could feel that she believed in me. Because of her, I became pretty good in English, and that boosted my conﬁdence and made me feel better about myself.
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