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,” says 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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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.