(He/ His) Shriram, a son of two Indian immigrants, grew up in metro Detroit with his big ‘ol family of 12 first cousins on the same block. Shriram majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Pennsylvania and then went on to join Peace Corps China as a college oral English teacher in Guizhou province. After a few twists and turns, Shriram started his Masters in International Education back at the University of Pennsylvania. During his program, Shriram took a year off to pursue a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Nepal where he taught students from 3rd to 7th grade. After returning from Nepal and completing his Master’s in International Education with a focus on Early Childhood Development, Shriram joined KIPP DC where he taught Pre-K 3 for the past 3 years. Shriram believes that his job as an educator is to help his students learn how to think, not what to think. And to understand, through experience in his class, that relationships and a sense of community are what bring meaning and purpose to our lives.