Hello everyone, my name is Shyrelle Tillman and I am 27 years old. I am apart of a big family that is still growing. I also have a little one of my own who is three years old and keeps me on my toes but always makes me happy. My twin Shynelle works with iLEAD as well, she is the one who helped me get the job with this amazing organization. I’ve been with iLEAD for three years now. Before I came to iLEAD I graduated highschool at the age of 18 in 2008 and always knew that I wanted to work with kids. I got my certificate in “Careers with Children” my senior year of high school and thought that was a great start to what I wanted to achieve in life. After high school I took some time off to have some fun with my sister and get my thoughts together as far as what route I wanted to take to start my career.
Toward the end of 2009, I decided to go to school for medical assisting with my sister. I figured having a medical background for what I really wanted to do, which was psychology, would help me understand things from a clinical point of view. I graduated medical assisting school in 2011 with a 4.0 GPA and on the dean’s honor roll, leaving with the knowledge and training I needed to go to the next level. In 2012 I started school at University of Phoenix to get my Associates Degree. The same day I started school I also started working at the college, teaching the lab procedures and helping with CPR. I worked there for about 5 years really loving what I did. I met so many new people made new friends, learned how to work in a professional environment, communicate with people, and help those succeed in their journey as well by teaching them what I knew but better. By helping them, they gained the confidence they needed to be passionate and empathic. I only wanted medical assisting to be my short term career, with me wanting more, I went on to continue my education by obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
In the middle of 2015 I started working at iLEAD Charter School as the dance workshop facilitator. During my first year at iLEAD I saw how unique things were, how the learners learned with many of hands on experiments. I saw how the learners were inspired to take risk and try different things when it came to the workshops. After my first year I asked to work inside the classroom as careteam. I thought it would give me insight and help me to better understand the emotional and academic side of children that I have never seen before. Not only was I helping the learners academically but I was helping them with the ability to make their own choices from what’s right and what is wrong. I was helping them to communicate their feelings with their peers, find different learning techniques that would help them in the classroom, inspire them to think outside of the box and always be the best they can be in life.