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Amadou T. Talla

Instructor in Modern Languages
Appointed
2015
Amadou T. Talla

Teaching — or performing my music for children — brings joy to my heart.

Education

B.A. Universite Cheikh Anta Diop

M.A. Universite Cheikh Anta Diop

M.A.T. Ecole Normale Superieure

Biography

Mr. Talla grew up in Senegal speaking Fulani, Wolof and French. He graduated from the University of Dakar with a degree in English as a foreign language and then taught English at a high school in Dakar. For two summers during this time, he came to New England to serve as an international camp counselor, sharing his culture and music. He moved to the United States full time in 1998, and he taught French and Spanish at elementary and middle schools in Massachusetts for many years.

His family joined him in the U.S. in 2008: his wife, two daughters and two sons. For several years Mr. Talla led an African band — he plays guitar and bass — which had gigs in museums, colleges and restaurants. At the restaurants, his daughters would prepare Senegalese food to accompany the performances. He loves playing soccer, cooking, listening to jazz and world music, and reading West African literature.

Mr. Talla, who came to Exeter in the fall of 2015, is dorm head of Dow House and coaches JV girls soccer.