Thando Hyman is a dynamic educator with a proven track record of success in her outstanding career.
Working in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for over 20 years, she has demonstrated her commitment to educational and community leadership, student success and teaching practice, curriculum development, and equity and diversity.
Hyman was the first principal of Toronto’s Africentric Alternative School that opened its doors in September 2009 for students from JK to Grade 5. Due to the overwhelming response and support for the school, the enrolment doubled to 160 students by the end of its first week.
In its second year, the school made national headlines when the inaugural Grade 3 class significantly outperformed both the school board and the province with 69% in reading, and 81% in writing and mathematics.
Following the success of the school, the TDSB started a secondary program and several satellite programs in elementary schools.
She has served as an equity instructional leader at the TDSB, principal of General Brock P.S., and is currently the principal of Alexander Stirling P.S. (K-8) in Scarborough.
The veteran educator has also held the role of lead principal for 22 schools in southeast Toronto and helped foster future generations of educators in her role as course director and adjunct professor at York University’s Faculty of Education.
Her leadership has been recognized by community, national and international media outlets because of the sterling performance of the Africentric Alternative School under her guidance and her innovative school practice.
Hyman credits her success in education to a focus on proven strategies that incorporate innovation, culturally relevant curriculum development, equity and diversity. She believes in building success by empowering all stakeholders, through building active community partnerships, promoting collective leadership, and having strong parental engagement.
Beyond her chosen path of education, she is an active volunteer.
She has chaired the African Heritage Educators Network (AHEN), the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), served as an equity consultant and instructor for the Black Cultural Heritage program, is a founding board member of the African Canadian Legal Aid Clinic and serves as a regional councillor of TVOntario.
She is also a radio broadcaster of the “AWAF Roundtable” heard on Saturday mornings on the University of Toronto’s campus radio, 89.5 CIUT FM.
The successful educator holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education from York University and is the proud mother of two beautiful girls.