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Debbie Almontaser, President Board of Directors
Debbie Almontaser, President
Debbie Almontaser, President Board of Directors
, is the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy
As a 20+ year old 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.
Currently, Ms. Almontaser is a doctoral student at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education.
frequently lectures and serves on panels as well as facilitates teacher and public workshops on conflict resolution, Arab culture, and Islam at universities, libraries, museums, churches, and synagogues across the city and at local, national and international conferences.
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 and the Museum of the City of New York
and in Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11 for Teachers College Press
as well as articles and essays in several magazines.
Ms. Almontaser also serves as a consultant to Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. Muslim American Series Project, Independent Production Fund on the Islam Project (producers of Muslims and Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet PBS Productions), Islam Access Project (Channel 13 WNET), the Muslim Communities Project, Columbia University, Educators for Social Responsibility, the Interfaith Center of NYC, and the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association's (CAMBA, Inc.) Diversity Project.
Ms. Almontaser was a member of the steering committee for A Community of Many Worlds: Arab-Americans at the Museum of the City of New York.
In 2005, Ms Almontaser
spearheaded the inauguration of Arab Heritage Week in New York City.
is also the go to person on cultural and religious diversity issues for Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Mayor's office of Immigrant Affairs, New York Police Department and New York City Councilmembers.
Ms. Almontaser is a founding board member of The Dialogue Project, Brooklyn Borough President's New Diversity Task Force, board advisor for the Same Difference Interfaith Alliance, Youth Bridge NY, and a member of the board of directors of Muslim Consultative Network, Women in Islam, and Saba: The Association of Yemeni Americans.
She is also a co-founder of Brooklyn Bridges, the September 11th Curriculum Project, and We Are All Brooklyn.
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Debbie is a violence prevention and diversity consultant, who specializes in educating youth and adults about multicultural issues and conflict resolution.
Presently, she is the New York City Department of Education's Coordinator of External Programs for Brooklyn public schools.
designs and facilitates teacher and public workshops on conflict resolution, cultural diversity, and Islamic Arab culture at public schools, community organizations, Universities, and faith-based organizations throughout New York City.
presents regularly at local and national conferences.
has co-designed and developed a curriculum for Columbia University
entitled Re-Embracing Diversity in NYC Public Schools
: Educational Outreach for Muslim Sensitivity that engages students to develop interpersonal and intercultural understanding based on respect for ethnic and religious diversity.
As with her
workshops, Debbie's curricula help students to become more culturally sensitive and aware of bias and bigotry and how to combat such behaviors.
Debbie serves as chief consultant and advisor for Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. "Muslim American" Series, and the Independent Production Fund on the Islam Project (producers of Muslims and Legacy of a Man: Prophet Muhammad PBS Productions) She was also a member of the steering committee for A Community of Many Worlds: Arab-Americans at the Museum of the City of New York . Debbie is a board member of The Dialogue Project, a board advisor for the Same Difference Interfaith Alliance, and a cofounder of Brooklyn Bridges and the September 11th Curriculum Project.
July 17, 2007 - San Francisco, ...
July 17, 2007 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In previous articles the writers have documented why Dhabah aka "Debbie" Almontaser, the Yemeni born principal designate of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, does not belong in the public school system.
promotes an Islamist agenda, operates in an environment populated by radical Muslim organizations and individuals, holds extreme leftist political views and aims to use the KGIA
as a tool of indoctrination. [see Khalil Gibran Jihad School - Indoctrination Not Education]
Almontaser has a close working relationship with Linda Sarsour, a radical Islamist activist with a power base in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge district.
Sarsour's association with Almontaser
provides an alarming insight into the forces that will drive KGIA
if the school becomes a reality in September.
In 2005 Almontaser co-founded the Yemeni American Association [YAA] and imam Hisham from the Al Farooq mosque presided at the organization's opening.
Debbie Almontaser, a board member of a Muslim women's organization, told Mr. Kelly that she was saddened that the police had resorted to "F.B.I. tactics," and that she thought this was polarizing the Muslim community.
"What could she
[Almontaser] possibly have done to anger members of her
"given her [Almontaser's] knowledge of the overwhelming feeling in the Arab American community towards Israel...There are also members of this community who have worked with Almontaser on various projects and have experienced her Machiavellan methods of getting things done?imagine father Al-Yateem's surprise when he found out Almontaser had put in on the KGIA Board of Trustees without consulting him."
Aramica's "attack" on Almontaser
is suspect; it seems a transparent effort to make Almontaser
appear "moderate" at least as compared to other KGIA
supporters whose virulent and vocal assault on "Zionism" amounts to nothing more that thinly disguised anti-Jewish bigotry.
Despite this minor and possibly contrived dust-up between the institution's backers, support for KGIA
runs deep among Arabs in Brooklyn, and if one is to gauge from the comments that "community leaders" in the Aramica piece made, Muslim extremism and intolerance are thriving, with these leaders demanding that KGIA conform to their world view.
"How is an outside influence [the ADL] going to shape the school, and how will it push it from its stated goals?This school is supposed to represent the interests of the community?We need to support this academy, and we need to make sure we do so in the interest of our community."
What is abundantly clear at this point is that Almontaser
, despite her
documented Islamist/leftist viewpoint is outflanked in her
community by those who for whatever reason feel less compelled to engage in the "Machiavellian" double-speak that she
so-often reverts to in public forums where her
comments can be recorded.
Debbie Almontaser is ...
Debbie Almontaser is currently Public Relations Officer for YAA.As a professional she is the Coordinator of External Programs for the Brooklyn public schools.She is also a multicultural specialist and diversity consultant, Ms. Almontaser facilitates teacher and public workshops on Arab culture, Islam, conflict resolution, and cultural diversity around the city, and at local and national conferences.Ms. Almontaser also serves as a consultant to Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. Muslim American Series Project, Independent Production Fund's Islam Project, Educators for Social Responsibility, the Interfaith Center of NYC, and the Church Avenue Merchants Block Association's (CAMBA, Inc.) Diversity Project.She sits on the board of The Dialogue Project, Women In Islam Inc., Muslim Consultative Network, and a few other organizations.She is also a co-founder of Brooklyn Bridges, The September 11th Curriculum Project, Justice for Detainees, and the We Are All Brooklyn Coalition.Ms. Almontaser co-designed and developed a curriculum for the Muslim Communities Project at Columbia University and for Educators for Social Responsibility/Metro.She has a B.A. from St. Francis College and an M.S. in multicultural education and reading from Adelphi University.She also holds an M.S. from Baruch College's School of Public Affairs through their Aspiring Leaders Program.As a Revson Fellow, she has started taking courses in negotiation and mediation at the law school to further her work in conflict resolution and to start a Ph.D.
Cultural Diversity Consultant