About Debbie Almontaser, is the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy. As a 20-year veteran of the NYC public school system, she taught special education, inclusion, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity advisor. Presently, she is a doctoral student at Fordham University and Board Chair of the Muslim Consultative Network www.mcnny.org.
Ms. Almontaser co-designed a curriculum for the Muslim Communities Project at Columbia University and for Educators for Social Responsibility/Metro. In addition, she has contributed a chapter in The Day Our World Changed: Children's Art of 9/11 for New York University's Child Study Center an