My mom passed away in 2005 but will always be the person most responsible for helping me become the person I am.

Yagoda Tyszka-Krayewski immigrated to the United States in 1985. Originally coming to New York City, she settled down in Newark. An active member of her community, Yagoda came to love the United States and her adopted hometown of Newark. Yagoda was an active volunteer in the Mt. Vernon School Parent Teacher Association, the Ivy Hill Neighborhood Association and the New Jersey Music Educators Association. She organized various youth-oriented events; talent shows, music education programs and children’s concerts, and participated on various levels of community organizing and activism. Yagoda loved everyone around her and cared about all children; opening her home and her heart. She received a special recognition award from the Mt. Vernon PTA in May 1991, her first year with a child in the Newark Public Schools. She is also the recipient of the SPF Arthur Ashe Inner-City Tennis Program “Mother of Ivy Hill” Award. In Poland, Yagoda was a renowned actress, pianist and composer; creating music for such dramatic productions as Anton Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard”.