Neha Shah is an elementary educator and has been teaching in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for 14 years. Prior to teaching, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science from Michigan State University. She holds a teaching certification from Eastern Michigan University. She has a master’s degree in Social Foundations with a concentration in Eco-Justice Education from EMU. Neha’s particular passions lie in environmental education, school gardening, and farm to school advocacy. She is a school garden coordinator at Burns Park Elementary School where she teaches. Prior to that, she led a school garden program for 5 years in the AAPS. Her professional development is extensive, participating in programs like the Edible Schoolyard Academy, Slow Food U.S.A.’s School Garden Conference, and Terra Madre. Neha currently co-chair’s the AAPS Farm to School Steering Committee where she supports local procurement efforts, district school gardens, and education around locally grown food. She also serves on the AAPS Wellness Policy Committee and the AAPS Freeman Environmental Education Center Advisory Committee for her district. Neha absolutely loves teaching and has a deep passion for environmental education and advocacy. She believes students have exceptional voices and focuses on empowering students as solutionaries. Neha guides their learning by providing students with real and authentic teaching experiences that intersect EcoJustice, Place-Based, and Community Centered education with the public school curriculum.