Souadou Balde


Where did you grow up and what was your first language?

I was born in Conakry, Guinea. I came to the U.S. when I was five years old and I grew up in Harlem. My first language was Fulani. 

What from your hometown do you wish you could find in New York City?

I wish there were more authentic food from West Africa. 


Where did you go to college?

SUNY Buffalo State College

What was your favorite book in middle school?

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer


What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?

I am excited to start my new journey as an 8th grade humanities teacher in the fall! I am looking forward to is making an impact in my classroom and leading my own club!

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not teaching?

Spending time with my daughter and husband. 

What is your favorite quote?

"Forgive yourself every night. Recommit every morning." - Anonymous