Letter from Ed: Dasha Shaw

It is with great excitement that I give you a glimpse of my life with Ed. I am from Greensboro, NC although I have lived all over because I come from a military family. I went to school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am a Tar Heel through and through! It was at UNC that I really found my passion for education.

CDBD66F0-3ADF-4B81-8F34-4BE2A8E67719Upon starting at Ed, I was responsible for developing and piloting all of the elementary school programs. I spent a lot of time at Hudson K-8 and Tuggle Elementary getting to know students, teachers, staff and getting feedback on curriculum Ideas. Now, although I have worked with elementary, middle, and high school this year, my main project is managing our Executive Internship Program. Right now, we have 46 interns working in businesses around Birmingham!


IMG_7279 2I came to Ed in a bit of an unconventional way. I am a fellow with Venture for America (VFA), and Ed is a partner company. Once I was accepted into VFA, I began seeing what different companies I had the option to work at as well as considering the different cities. I got invited to come visit Birmingham to see if the city and if Ed was a good fit. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest, but I got here and fell completely in love. It felt like a big city with a small-town feel. Everyone was welcoming and extremely supportive. I also got the opportunity to attend a Student Changemakers session at Carver while I was visiting, and I was sold. Every person in VFA knew I wanted to go to Birmingham after that.


My hope for Birmingham City School students is that they continue to grow into the best version of themselves, continue to learn about themselves and the big world around them, and continue to be surrounded by people who love on them, help guide their dreams, and let their voices be heard. I want the world to know the same thing I do, that the students of BCS are so special. The sky is not the limit for them, it is just the beginning.

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