Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (BHMS) at 185 Court Street, announces the appointment of Martha Haakmat as the new Head of School, effective July 1. Haakmat currently serves as the Head of the Middle School at Brooklyn Friends School. She replaces Dane L. Peters, who will retire at the end of this school year.
Haakmat has been an educator and leader in New York City independent schools for 26 years. In her current role at BFS, Haakmat has led and participated in curriculum evaluation, improving inter-divisional transitions and retention, redevelopment of faculty/staff supervision and growth procedures, establishing and hiring for the position of a dedicated divisional learning specialist and serving on and leading development of several all-school committees, including academic affairs, diversity and guidance.
She previously spent 14 years at Packer Collegiate Institute in numerous administrative and teaching roles, including Middle School admissions, Education Leadership Council member, Diversity Coordinator and teacher of history, humanities, English and health. Haakmat is also the founder/director and former chief consultant to EDGE (Educators for Diversity, Growth and Empowerment), which designs and conducts workshops for boards, faculty, staff, and student training in educational institutions regionally and nationally through the NYC Board of Education, Interschool, NYSAIS and NAIS.
Haakmat served on the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Board of Trustees from 2009-2012. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MS Ed from the Bank Street College of Education.