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Fabienne Doucet: ‘Great Immigrant’ continues work toward equity in schools

Fabienne Doucet was honored by the Carnegie Corporation earlier this year.
Photo courtesy of New York University.

NEW YORK — Fabienne Doucet has been teaching and mentoring for more than two decades. Yet, last September, she found herself on the phone with her mother, nervous about doing something she had done so many times before.

“I was telling my mom how anxious I was feeling about going back into the classroom and how I didn’t know if I was ready,” said Doucet, 48. “She just told me, ‘Fabi, don’t worry. You were born to teach.’”

Doucet has spent 16 years as a professor at New York University, teaching early childhood and urban education courses. Last year, she was promoted to executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. 

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