Meridith Shaw Patera has been involved in Jewish education since 1969, following her junior year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A native of Long Island, NY, she received a BA in Political Science with a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies and an MAT in Social Sciences and Hebrew from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

    She has taught preschool through adults in public, Jewish day and congregational schools in New York, Florida, Texas and now in California. She has been with Congregation B'nai Emet Religious School in Simi Valley, California, since 1988 and became School Administrator in 1992.

    Meridith is the author of two books, Kings and Things: 20 Plays for Jewish Kids, and Skits and Shpiels,14 Plays for Grades 4 to 9, and several plays for adults. She's also produced, directed and choreographed many of the productions available on this website. She lives in Moorpark, California, with her sons Bennett, Sam and Max.