Some of his student awards include back-to-back wins in the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Design Challenge, two state awards in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge ($5,000), a state award in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition ($20,000) and 12 Connecticut Student Innovation Expo awards. Mr. Tynes was also chosen as Connecticut’s Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for 2016, granted the 1st place The Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award for '16, and was awarded the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert designation. He believes that the apex of student achievement is achieved when students are able to integrate knowledge and skills from multiple educational disciplines to develop innovative ideas that address important contemporary issues.
Leon Tynes came to Connecticut from a corporate background in the San Francisco Bay Area and has served the past four years as the science department chair for technology at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS). He developed the technology program from inception to include courses such as AP Computer Science Principles, 3D Modeling and Animation, Digital Media, E-Commerce and Mobile Computer Science Principles. He is the creator and managing coach for the ESUMS Debate Team. Over the past four years, Leon has facilitated over 60 state, national and international awards at ESUMS. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from The University of Memphis, a MBA from John F. Kennedy University, two law degrees from The University of New Hampshire and a Masters degree in education from The University of New Haven.