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Timothy SalemTim Salem is an Assistant Principal at Danbury High School in Danbury, Connecticut.

Previously, Tim taught at Danbury High for 10 years, where he wrote and implemented the Multi-Cultural Issues course. Multi-Cultural Issues is designed for students to deepen an understanding of the human condition through the examination of pertinent societal issues. The course began with one section of 18 students in 1997 and is currently taught by four teachers dividing 12 sections. In motivating students to move beyond a state of awareness, Tim often quoted Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Tim and his students have been active on raising awareness about the atrocities in Darfur since early 2004. In 2005 six students and Tim created a brief documentary aimed at turning apathy into empathy…and action. “The Promise” is an award-winning film that was the catalyst for the state of Connecticut to divest from Sudan in 2006. It has been requested by more than 1,500 high schools, colleges, religious and civic organizations from across the United States. In three years the group has made more than 150 presentations on Darfur, including panel discussions at Yale and Columbia Universities and before members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

In 2007, Tim was extremely fortunate to cross paths with Rick Jones, Principal of North

Farmington High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Rick’s friendship and partnership enabled the two schools to join Save the Children and The Cartus Corporation to create The Promise School, a $100,000 endeavor to provide children affected by the conflict the opportunity for an education. The group has also worked extensively with actress/activist Mia Farrow, making joint presentations throughout Connecticut, co-writing opinion editorials and utilizing her photography for a second award-winning documentary titled “Child of Hope.”

Tim was the 2006 recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award presented by the Connecticut Education Association/ Human and Civil Rights Commission. Tim also received the 2007 “Making a Difference” honor by Connecticut Magazine and was recently named the 2009 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools. Tim and his wonderful wife Sasha are the proud parents of two amazing children, Alexandra 5, and Kenneth 3!