John Shaw was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1944 and lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico for the first year of his life. His family moved to Miami in 1946 where his father taught at the University of Miami for 19 years, before becoming Vice President for Development at Miami Dade College. John’s mother was a first grade teacher, and John followed suit along with 2 of his 3 siblings who also became lifelong teachers.
After high school John attended the University of Miami completing his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, prior to attending Harvard University for an MAT Degree in Mathematics. After graduating from Harvard he began his career by spending his first 4 years teaching at Melbourne High School near Cape Kennedy Florida, followed by a 4 year tenure at North Miami Beach Senior High School where we first met. The next 7 plus years were dedicated to teaching other teachers in his school district. It was at that point of his career that John was invited to join the faculty of the newly opened “New World School of the Arts”, which was patterned after the “Fame” High School of Performing Arts in New York.
John currently lives in Miami with his wife Diane. Their daughter Katy lives in Portland Oregon, and their son Matthew lives with his wife Kaitlyn in Austin, Texas.
John has been “retired” for over 9 years, but that’s kind of a misnomer as he is still teaching privately and continues to live an inspired and very creative life.