Martha Haakmat has taught and led in New York City independent schools for the past 30 years. Currently the Head of School at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Martha is a former lower, middle and upper school educator, Diversity Director and Middle School Head. Martha has served as an independent school trustee and has been a member of various committees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS). She was also the founder and director of Educators for Growth and Empowerment (EDGE), a diversity consulting team that presented in schools and at conferences nationwide. Martha currently serves on the Board of Trustees for NYSAIS, the NYC Guild, and Early Steps. She is also a faculty member for the NAIS Institute for New Heads. Martha has three daughters, now in college and high school, who were educated in the NYC independent school system.