Long Island Teacher Competes on Survivor: Island of The Idols

Tommy Sheehan on SURVIVOR: Island of Idols. Photo: Michele Crowe/CBS Entertainment ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Long Island elementary school teacher Tommy Sheehan will try to outwit and outlast the competition to win $1 million when he appears on Survivor: Island of The Idols, which premiers Wednesday on CBS.

The 26-year-old Bayville native and Long Beach resident is a fourth-grade teacher, surfer, and multi-sport athlete who believes he is primed to be the Sole Survivor on the 39th season of the show.

“I am physical and can win challenges, but that won’t win Survivor,” he said in his bio. “What wins Survivor is the time spent opening up and connecting to people. When you have real connections with people they will keep you around longer … I see myself finding idols, making moves, and leading blindsides.”

He is one of 20 contestants that will appear when the Emmy Award-winning series that returns with a special 90-minute premiere starting 8 p.m. Wednesday.

This season features two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who return to the game to serve to mentor the group. During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these “idols.”

Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process.

The show was filmed in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and is hosted by Jeff Probst.