Born in Jersey City, NJ, Tyrone moved to Miami as an infant when his grandparents were finally able to emigrate from Cuba to reunite with his mother. In Miami-Dade public schools, he developed an interest in educational equity that led him to pursue a career in education that began with Teach for America. In his 23-year career, he has taught courses in English, Spanish, history, latinx issues, and media studies to young people in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Miami, where he currently serves as Dean of Students at Gulliver Preparatory School. He and his wife Lina Acosta Sandaal have two children, Camila and Joaquin, and a Yorkie named Machi-bacca.