Syed Ballal Shah was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. As a child he was always fascinated with nature, which motivated him to study natural sciences. He graduated from Punjab University with a Masters degree in Science. He started his teaching career as a lecturer in Biology at Murray College. He taught ecology, cell biology, and basic genetics. In 1987, he married and moved to the United States. He continued his career as a biology teacher in America. He taught for 3 years in Brownsburg community schools and 11 years at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. He has a wide range of experiences in various academic settings. Mr. Shah furthered his education and earned a second Master degree in Education from Indiana University. In 2003, he earned a PREA Teacher of the Year award. In 2005, he completed the mentor certification program and has been mentoring first year teachers. Mr. Shah is fluent in three languages: English, Urdu and Punjabi. Having been raised in a different country, he appreciates and embraces diversity among his students. His passion for teaching has grown over the years as he looks forward to helping students reach their potential.