An Almquist, Ph.D. is an educator, clinical examiner, and advocate. She currently serves on the District of Columbia’s (DC) State Advisory Panel on Special Education (SAPSE), Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) for the DC Public Schools, and the Parent Leadership Board (PLB) for Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE). She was a founding professor at the Center for Urban Education at the University of the District of Columbia and taught graduate courses in Special Education and Literacy. For nearly two decades she also taught in public, charter, and private institutions throughout the District.
Dr. Almquist earned an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in special education with a concentration in emotional behavioral disorders from the George Washington University, project management certificate from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from American University in secondary education, and a B.A. in organization and management studies from Gettysburg College. She has been a CEC member since 2008, and throughout her career, she has focused on advancements in special education and advocates for individuals with exceptionalities.
During her free time, Dr. Almquist enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and the Humane Rescue Alliance. She also loves painting en plein air and throwing pottery. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, nationally, and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC where she currently lives with her family and rescue dog.