Archie Tyson '05

Blytheville, AR
Grinnell Major: History and Africana Studies
Alumni Student Connections Committee

Archie Tyson '05, native of Memphis, Tennessee, arrived at Grinnell in the fall of 2002. While at Grinnell, Archie forged lifelong friendships as a history major, member of the football team, and as a member and president of Concerned Black Students (CBS). His fondest memories at Grinnell are rooted in Mac Field. From winter snow paths to the old Physical Education Center (PEC), to just hanging out with friends and squirrels, thoughts of Mac Field always bring Archie a smile.

After finishing a B.A. in History and Africana Studies at Grinnell College, Archie began his career as an educator as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in the Mississippi Delta where he taught eighth grade math, Algebra, and Geometry in Lake Village, Arkansas. He also coached Football, basketball, and Track & Field, where his teams won several championships. Following his two year commitment to TFA, Archie remained in the Delta to continue teaching and later transitioned to a leadership position with Lakeside School District. During his tenure with Lakeside School District, he helped transition schools from poorly performing to making adequate yearly progress (AYP). Prior to leaving he helped to lay-out a strategic plan for sustainable academic growth.

After relocating to New York City and completed a M.A. at the Summer Principal’s Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University, he continued his work in education by building education programs for The Boys’ Club of New York in East Harlem and in Martinsville, New Jersey. He later took over as the executive level director at the East Harlem site and oversaw an extensive expansion of programs that included the arts, STEM education, and early literacy based programs. While in New York, Archie also helped to found Madiba Prep Middle School, a new STEM-E public school in Brooklyn, New York.

Archie recently relocated back to the Delta to focus his professional efforts on improving socio-economic and socio-emotional outcomes for rural communities in the Delta by helping to improve the quality of rural education. He is currently as an administrator for at KIPP Delta Public Schools in Blytheville, Arkansas. In addition to his work with KIPP Delta in rural communities, Archie has also embarked on a mission to positively impact his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He has recently helped to found, Memphians for Education Equity (MEE), an organization to bring the various education communities in Memphis, Tennessee together to find solutions to community challenges.