Meera Shah is the Academic Dean for grades 6-12 at Carolina Day School and also teaches physics in the Upper School. Before joining CDS, Meera worked for 14 years in the Boston area at both independent day and boarding schools as a teacher, department chair, class dean, sustainability coordinator, on-campus faculty, and coach. She earned an ScB in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University and, after many years in teaching and leadership, went back to grad school for an EdM in Learning & Teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Meera and her wife have twin toddlers at home are excited to be back in Asheville.
Get to know Meera Shah:
What do you like most about your job at CDS? "As Academic Dean, I love working with faculty to really push teaching and learning forward. I get to work with colleagues who are passionate about their profession yet eager to continue to learn, try new things, and refine and redefine their practice in service of student learning. I’m especially excited about our efforts to make learning even more student-driven and inquiry-based and our ongoing work to support all students in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community."
How would you describe your classroom? “Because they are absolutely capable of doing incredible thinking and creating, students in my classroom are expected to MAKE. They make conjectures and connections. They make experiments and contraptions. They make messes and excellent mistakes. They make websites and programs. They make presentations and solutions. They make meaning and inferences. They make community and make friends. And they do this with and for each other, not for me. Learning is about working together to take risks, think deeply, and make (not take) knowledge. My classroom is about making space for students to do just that.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? "Here are two from Margaret Mead:
'Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.'
'We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.'”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? "I find happiness and meaning in my family--a wonderful wife and two incredible kids. Toddlers keep us very busy but also awake to the joy of discovery and wonder in the world."