Dr. Dhabah “Debbie” Almontaser is an American Muslim of Yemen descent, who started out as a schoolteacher and now has become an influential community activist and leader. She is the CEO and Founder of Bridging Cultures Group Inc and was the founding principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, a New York Arab-themed public school, named after the Christian Arab poet, Khalil Gibran. Dr. Debbie is a veteran of New York City’s public school system, she taught special education, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity adviser. She 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.[citation needed][1]

Contents

1 Biography
2 Controversy
3 Subsequent legal action
4 Personal life and community activism
5 References
6 Sources
7 External links

Biography[edit]
Dr. Debbie Almontaser is the CEO and Founder of Bridging Cultures Group Inc. Bridging Cultures Group (BCG) is a consulting service that specializes in academic support and cultural proficiency that enables people and communities to see themselves a part of a diverse interdependent world across racial, ethnic, and religious lines. Dr. Debbie Almontaser, is also the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy. As a 25-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 adviser. Currently, she is the CEO and Founder of Bridging Cultures Group Inc. (bridgingculturesinc.com) and is the Board President of the Muslim Community Network (www.mcnny.org).
Dr. Almontaser frequently lectures and serves on panels as well as facilitates teacher and public workshops on cultural diversity, conflict resolution, Arab Culture, Islam, Muslims in America, interfaith coalition building and youth leadership at universities, libraries, museums, churches, and synagogues across the city and at local, national and international conferences.
Dr. Almontaser was a consultant for CAMBA on The Diversity Project. She also served as the consultant an
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