is a career educator in K-12 settings. As a lifelong resident of South Pasadena, he graduated from South Pasadena schools, and went on to earn an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Throughout his career, Zahir has been a classroom teacher, College Counselor, Assistant Principal, and Head of School, and currently serves as part of a Leadership Team for a school in Santa Monica. For the past decade, he has served on accreditation teams for the Western Association of School and Colleges. In his personal life, Zahir has played an active role in community organizations including D.U.D.E.S. (Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service), AYSO, and the YMCA, and has served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of South Pasadena. Zahir has three children and a niece and nephew enrolled in South Pasadena schools, and is from a family of educators which includes his wife and parents.