Getting to Know New English Teacher, Tiye Cort

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, 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 5th and 6th grade study skills, 7th grade social studies, 4th grade art, 7th and 8th grade high school preparation, coached soccer, and also 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 love being a part of an educational environment- whether in the classroom as an educator or in an office as an administrator. Interactions with students both inside and outside of the classroom are what I love most about Dublin. Not only am I able to teach a subject that I love- educating students and allowing them to learn through reading and discussion-based classes, but I am also taught something new every day through the range of backgrounds, diverse life experiences, and the excitement and love of learning of Dublin students! 

What book has made you think the most?: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?: I would love to be able to fly and teleport. I would fly whenever I wanted to take the scenic route, but I would teleport to avoid travel time and traffic.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?: My life's theme song would probably be something by Solange Knowles.

What teacher has had the most impact on you? How were they special?: The teacher who had the most impact on me would have to be my father. He is a college professor, and he has been one since before I was born. He is special because over the years, he has gained so much knowledge and wisdom that he has helpful advice about literally any and everything. He has taught me to follow my dreams, but to be smart about the paths I take to achieve my goals. His impact has lead me to take advantage of opportunities, be unafraid to be different, and never compromise my standards for the sake of fitting in.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?: creative, mysterious, ambitious

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?: I would love to see Lupita Nyong'o play the lead role as me! There are not many famous young dark-skinned actresses in Hollywood, so it would be important to me that someone with similar physical and personality characteristics represent me on film- dark-skinned, conservative in public, but very down-to-earth and relatable to the world.