First Name

Chiara

Last Name

Shah

Bio

Chiara has been teaching for 11 years. Prior to teaching, she worked as a database developer. After taking time off to have two children, she earned an MAT in Secondary Mathematics from Monmouth University in 2009. When her first students learned that she used to be a programmer, they begged her to start a CS class, because their school didn't have one. She fell in love with teaching CS, and has been doing it ever since. From 2012-2018, she was at a private day school, Ranney School, in NJ. There, she grew their CS program from 7 students in 2012 to 84 students in 2018. She served as advisor to their internationally recognized VEX robotics program. She coached a team that came in 2nd place at the CREATE US Open (losing by one point) and another team that won a THINK Award (for programming) at the CREATE US Open for their use of arrays that stored successive heights for a robot to stack a tower. She started a competitive coding club and a Girls Who Code club. She currently teaches AP CS A, AP CS Principles, and Algebra 2 at Emma Willard, a girl's boarding school, in Troy, NY. She is the advisor of Emma's new VEX Robotics Club. Chiara is passionate about PD and typically spends several weeks each summer learning new skills and ideas. In 2019, she spent the month of July in Australia on a teacher exchange at a girls' boarding school in Brisbane. In June of 2019, she attended the NCGS (National Coalition of Girls' Schools) annual conference in Pasadena, which focused on STEM education. A highlight of 2018 was attending the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston. She was a reader for the AP CS Principles CREATE and EXPLORE tasks in 2017 and 2018, and will be a reader for the AP CS A exam in June of 2020.