The Department of Education announced today that is has named a new principal for the city's new Arabic-language school in Brooklyn.
Holly Reichert will take over the job from the interim principal of the Khalil Gibran School. Although Reichert has only spent a year teaching ESL in the city she has been working for the DOE since 1996, mentoring teachers. Prior to that, she was head of the English department at a school in Bahrain.
Reichert replaces Debbie Almontaser six months after she was ousted from the position. Almontaser – who is the school's founder – was forced to resign after refusing to condemn a t-shirt with the Arabic phrase "intifada" written on it.
She is in the middle of a legal battle to get her job back.