Debbie (Steward) Shah was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan. She graduated from Loyola University in Chicago where she earned a B.S. degree in nursing. She later pursued a masters degree in nursing at the University of Colorado.
Debra returned to Monroe in 1972 with her husband, Dr. Kanti Shah, a pediatrician and allergist, who practiced in Monroe for over four decades. In 1973, Debra assisted in launching the associate degree nursing program at Monroe County Community College and then taught in the program for several years. Eventually, she left the nursing profession and started her own business, Sensational Beginnings, a children’s toy catalog in Monroe. This catalog and website served customers all over the U.S. for over 25 years.
Currently Debbie is enjoying retirement and continuing to be active in the community. She is also the proud mother of two Meadow Montessori graduates who attended MMS from toddler to eighth grade. Debbie has four grandchildren, one of whom attended the MMS toddler and preschool programs while living temporarily with her family in Monroe. Since its very inception in the mid-1980’s, Debbie has been a loyal supporter of Meadow Montessori School.