Mr. Shirah began working at Alice Drive Middle School in 2007 as a student teacher. He graduated from the University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Education and immediately began teaching 7th grade math and coaching football. Five years later he left the coaching arena and transitioned to his current position in 6th grade math. Not long after he began his most recent endeavor, Be S.M.Art, a math and science-based STEAM art and design class. In the spring of 2016 he completed a Masters of Science in Education with a dual concentration in mathematics and literacy. In addition to his academic prowess he also enjoys drawing and creative writing. His wife, Mrs. Stacy Shirah, is also a teacher in Sumter School District, teaching English language arts and social studies on the elementary level. They have two daughters, the oldest, Emma Kate and their youngest, Anna Louise.