Advanced mathematics: Common denominator between Catholic students and Muslim teacher.

Khadija Ali, a Muslim,  is a math teacher at Holy Family Cathedral School.

In 2002, when she interviewed for the job at Holy Family, Ali came qualified. She had 26 years of experience, and had been nominated Teacher of the Year in her previous job, at John Muir Middle School in Los Angeles.

Principal Harlow says Ali was exactly what she was looking for.

But she also knew Sept. 11 was still fresh on the minds of every American, and that she had to consider the possibility that some parents wouldn’t like the idea of entrusting the best minds at the school to a Muslim teacher.

“I had some concerns,” Harlow says.

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