Judy Touzin

Judy Touzin

New York City

Founder & Lead Organizer, The ExceptionAL Project

Judy Touzin has served as an educator for the past 15 years. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Harlem section of New York City in 2003. It was that experience that helped to reaffirm her commitment to working in underserved communities. In 2009, Judy went on to found the East New York Elementary School of Excellence, where she served as principal until July 2015. In her experience as an elementary school teacher, principal and now coach for aspiring principals, there has been one constant-her desire to help create affirming learning environments for young men of color.

In August of 2016, Judy self-published her first book titled, ExceptionAL: Black Men Leading, Living, and Loving to help counter the prevailing image and narrative concerning Black men and boys in America. In February 2017, Ms. Touzin launched The ExceptionAL Project, an extension of that book. The book and project are devoted to highlighting the positive stories, images, and contributions of Black men and boys across the country.