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Reminiscences of Debbie Almontaser : oral history, 2002-2005.

Creator: Almontaser, Debbie
Project: September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 117 pages sound recordings 1 audio disc (177 min.) : digital ; 3 in. videorecording 1 DVD (62 min.) : digital.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Conflict Mediator, New York City Board of Education.

Scope and Contents

Born Rida, Yemen; family history in agriculture, immigration to Buffalo, New York age three; childhood in Buffalo: family relationships, translating between cultures for parents; Arab-American identity: assimilation, religion, tradition, dress, values, language, classmates, classmates, engagement, marriage; career: education, Aspiring Leaders Program, elementary teacher Public School [PS] 261; 9/11: account of morning in classroom (PS 26) in Brooklyn, view of World Trade Center, attempt to maintain routine, challenges dealing with kids and parents, anti-Arab remarks, discussion with students; post-9/11: working with school to manage trauma, backlash on Arab American community, reactions at home, husband and children.


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