Alhassan Susso is an educator, author, and speaker who has devoted his career to transforming the lives of young people facing difficulties. An immigrant from West Africa, Alhassan came to America as a poor teenager coping with a rare eye disease with gradual vision loss. Living with this obstacle, he seeks to expand the worldview of young minds through the development of essential life skills necessary to succeed academically, socially, professionally, and economically. He is the author of a motivational memoir, The Light of Darkness: The Story of the Griots’ Son, and is the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year. He was also named in 2017 as one of “The Top 50 Outstanding Educators in the World” by the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize. He is a two-time recipient of Social-Emotional Learning Innovation Award for Teachers by Education First through the Rockefeller Foundation. He graduated with honors from the University of Vermont and received his MA in Teaching from Bard College. He currently teaches Government, Economics, and Personal Development at the International Community High School in the South Bronx in New York City.