Joe Islam

Joe Islam

Joe grew up in Suffield, Connecticut and graduated from Suffield Academy in 2016. While attending Suffield Joe was involved in the theater program as well as the soccer and diving programs. Joe has two siblings that are also alums of Suffield. His sister Morgan Islam ’17 is in her third year of law school at Catholic University and his brother Jake Islam ’23 will be attending his first year of undergrad at the University of Michigan, studying sports management and participating on the men’s gymnastics team. Joe attended the University of Saint Joseph and holds a degree in history. This will be his second year teaching in the history department and coaching the diving team.

Joe teaches freshman World History and Asian studies, and additionally serves as the dorm head in Brewster.


Where were you born?
Cleveland, Ohio

What do you love about where you live now?
I live close enough to my family that I can go home and enjoy my mom’s cooking whenever I am missing it.

What is your favorite thing about day-to-day life at Suffield Academy?
Sit-down lunch

What is the first thing you do every morning when you get to work?
I like to put on a podcast that I can use to bring up in the beginning of class.

Who is your favorite artist?
Musical artist: The Beatles / Painter: Claude Monet

Which of your roles at Suffield Academy do you relish the most?
Study hall lights out. At that point I just want to go to bed too.

What is something you Suffield Academy family might not know about you?
I am a die-hard Boston Celtics fan.

What is your favorite book?
The Devil in The White City by Erik Larson

What is the one word you live by?

What is something you believe one can never over-invest in?

What is your favorite song of all time?
“In My Life” by The Beatles

If you could go anywhere in the word, where would you go and why?
Istanbul, Türkiye. The geography of Istanbul (both a European & Asian city) has influences from both continents including their architecture and food.

If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would you dine with?
Frederick Douglass

What is your favorite food?
My mom’s biriyani