Growing up in Harlem, Kyler Morris remembered “Guys hanging out at the corner, selling drugs, catcalling women … At one point, I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t want this to be my environment.’”
It was an environment in need of change. For Kyler, that change starts in the classroom. Today, she is transforming the odds for her community as a math teacher at Harlem’s Children’s Zone’s Promise Academy Charter Schools.
Keep reading to discover Kyler’s story.
From Math Tutor To Math Teacher
The first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, Kyler started her journey at HCZ as a student advocate in the Promise Academy I Afterschool Program. Then, she became a math tutor at the school.
After making an impact as a tutor, Kyler was asked by the principal at the time if she wanted to become a seventh-grade math teacher. Kyler took him up on his offer. It was a good thing she did: in Kyler’s first year, 95 percent of her scholars passed their New York State exams.