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Staff Profile: Tyron Johnson

Tyron Johnson, STEAM Specialist at Bronxchester and Third Avenue, has a rich history with BronxWorks. He was once a participant in BronxWorks afterschool programming himself.

"Going to the afterschool program at the Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center (CMCC) is where I discovered that learning could be fun," he said. "It was one of the best parts of my childhood."

Tyron grew up across the street from the CMCC and began attending afterschool programming there when he was five. His career aspirations included becoming a firefighter and a veterinarian. When Tyron met Tamara Polanco, then a counselor at CMCC, she inspired him to become an educator. Tyron extols Tamara for the exciting lessons she taught and the values she instilled in him. While in high school, Tyron enrolled in the BronxWorks Summer Youth Employment Program. After graduating, he received his first job as a counselor at CMCC, where Tamara became his mentor. These days, Tyron is not far from his mentor as Tamara is currently the Afterschool Program Coordinator at the BronxWorks Betances Community Center.

Tyron was promoted to STEAM Specialist in January of 2018 after serving as both a Counselor and Head Counselor at Bronxchester. In his new role, he leads interactive experiments with the students, such as how to filter water. Tyron draws inspiration from his students for his projects.

"The students tell me what they want to do, and I'm grateful I can learn from them," he said. "It's a blessing, watching kids be kids," he added.

Tyron is currently enrolled in social work courses at Bronx Community College, which will allow him to continue working with children in more specialized roles. But for now, this self-proclaimed "Science Geek" is very happy as STEAM Specialist. "I'm grateful for the platform I have to do something I love," he said. In his free time, he loves to dance.

Tyron feels indebted to BronxWorks for the role the agency has had in inspiring him to learn and continue on his career path. "Without BronxWorks," he said, "I don't know where I'd be."
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