Tyrone Johnson

Improvement Partner

Ty’s career in education began in Philadelphia, where he taught special education, science, reading, and math. Building on the success of raising elementary reading levels of children with autism to that of their peers, Ty began working in leadership. He completed leadership training with PhillyPLUS, where he learned to balance adaptive and technical skill sets to drive teacher improvement and gains in student outcomes.  

His greatest achievements came while serving as an assistant principal of specialized services in a charter junior high school. In that role, Ty led his department to create a vision statement and supporting systems to strengthen content and rigor; adjust least restrictive placements for students; and reduce special education referrals given a remodeled intervention process.

Ty is also proud of having designed a virtual workshop for teachers, parents, and other community members on talking with young children about race and racism as well as planning for anti-racist learning environments. This is an ongoing series with Swarthmore College on talking with young children about identity. Ty believes that this project has allowed him to rediscover his voice and advocate for equity and social justice in schools. 

Ty calls himself a learner and commits to partnering with teachers, leaders, students, and parents to transform communities. He hopes to contribute to the field through writing on topics such as teaching and learning, social justice, and community engagement. 

To read about Ty’s work at Partners, please see his story from the field, “Determination.”

Outside of work, Ty enjoys cooking, fitness, and travel.