Joe Kazemi

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

I grew up in Kuwait City, Kuwait, as my family moved there when I was 3. My first language was Arabic.

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

I loved the everyday open air markets and trading posts. They were ornate and exotic. They had everything from little spices and perfumes to large live animals.

Where did you go to college?

I attended Kuwait University, then the University of Michigan, and now CUNY's Graduate Center.

What was your favorite book in middle school?

Children of Our Alley, a novel by the Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz. I read it first in Arabic and then in English.


What is the best part of teaching at Hamilton Grange?

The teachers are passionate, diligent, and creative. There are endless learning and enrichment opportunities for all students in and out of the classroom.

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

Anything and everything with my wife, daughter, and dog. Also, playing with Rubik's cubes and countless puzzles.

What is your favorite quote?

“Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

"Work Hard, Get Smart. Be Good, Change the World."